Sometimes we need to put some time in for a potential client before they are an actual paying client. This is often research and fact gathering so that we can give them an accurate proposal of our fees and possible outcomes. If retained, this research would be billable--but if not, we eat the time that we've put into it so far. It would be great if there was a way to set the status of a new matter to "potential" so we could enter this time, but it would not show up on reports or for invoicing. Once retained, with the simple click of the mouse, we could change the matter status to "open" and all time would convert to billable. If not retained, we could change the matter status to "not retained" which would, in effect, close the matter.
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