Thirty-four general ledger accounts handle the spending of a law department of a manufacturing company I assisted. The accounts seem generic for the most part, one exception being patents and another auto leases and operational expenses. I have embellished some of the accounts with prior posts on this blog.
Monthly or semi-monthly salary (See my post of Aug. 21, 2008: compensation elements with 19 references.)
Temporary help (See my post of Sept. 9, 2008: temporary legal staff with 8 references.)
Awards & Recognition (See my post of July 28, 2008: difficulties associated with spot cash awards; and Nov. 8, 2007: on-the-spot awards for superior performance.).
Stationery and office supplies
General operating supplies
Repair and maintenance
Videoconferencing (See my post of Aug. 28, 2008: telepresence.)
Professional services Patents
Professional services Patent Litigation
Professional services Other Legal
Professional services Other
Agency fees (See my post of March 17, 2006: a way to avoid recruitment fees.)
Relocation (See my post of May 25, 2008: relocation with 7 references.)
Employee training (See my post of May 25, 2008: CLE with 30 references.)
Employee benefits applied (See my post of July 26, 2008: benefits with 12 references.)
Depreciation expense cost (See my post of Oct. 18, 2006: should depreciation expenses be included in total legal spending.)
Depreciation expense Acc.
Auto – Operational Expense
Membership Dues (See my post of May 10, 2005: CLE payments for bar membership.).
Travel and Lodging
Meals & Entertainment