Law Practice Management

The Tennessee Bar Association has a variety of resources and practical information on law office management issues available to help members better serve clients and practice more efficiently and effectively.

Below you will find the Practice Management Advisor Pipes Feed, brought to you by the Law Office Technology & Management Section of the Tennessee Bar Association. "PMA Pipes" is an RSS newsfeed that was designed by the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center. It combines posts from the blogs of Practice Management Advisors from across the United States, as well as the ABA's Site-tation blog, into one convenient location. The blogs brought to you by this feed include: Law Practice Matters, Reid My Blog, Law Practice Tips, Law Practice Advisor, The Last Word, Thoughtful Legal Management, and Compujurist, among others.

Practice Management Advisor Pipes Feed

[Avoid a Claim] 20 Red Flags of Bad Cheque Fraud You Should Recognize
Lawyers in all areas of practice continue to be the frequent targets of bad cheque scams. These scams involve debt collections, business loans, IP licensing disputes or spousal support payments. While it appears Ontario lawyers are increasingly aware of these frauds, occasionally some are being duped into disbursing funds on a bad cheque they have deposited in their trust accounts. Don’t be complacent and think you will never be fooled. These frauds are getting ever more sophisticated. The...
[Avoid a Claim] The Importance of Keeping Complete Client Files
Beverly Michaelis, writing in the Oregon Law Practice Management blog, challenges lawyers to think about whether they are keeping a complete copy of client files. Often the answer is no, and there are three arguments against doing so: “I don’t want to store the paper” “Scanning is too time consuming” “The court has all my pleadings” Each argument has some validity, but Ms. Michaelis provides some rebuttals and practical solutions to make keeping files...
[Law Technology Today] 7 Questions of Highly Effective Networkers
Part 2 of The Art and Science of Rainmaking in the Modern Law Firm.  Whether you’re a lawyer, accountant, bread baker, or candlestick maker, business professionals realize that networking is a great way to meet prospective clients and build their businesses. Certainly, networking isn’t exclusive to chamber of commerce meetings and after hours business mixers. People build their networks in all kinds of scenarios—at PTA meetings, at their son or daughter’s basketball practice, at the gym, etc. ...
[Avoid a Claim] Would you get caught in a trust vs. gift dispute when handling purchase funds?
It can be uncomfortable to talk about money. When handling real estate purchases and domestic contracts, however, lawyers can’t afford to accept purchase funds on a “no questions asked” basis. Why not? Because if purchase funds come from somebody other than the prospective owner, the doctrine of resulting trust presumes that, regardless of who is on title, the owner holds the property in trust for whoever advanced the funds. In this article from the February 2015 issue of LAWPRO Magazine, Lisa...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Albert Warren
Three Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Albert Warren looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation...
[Law Technology Today] The Digital Edge talks ABA TECHSHOW 2015: Don’t Miss It!
In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview the Chair of the ABA TECHSHOW Board, Brett Burney, about the 2015 conference, what attendees can expect, and why attendance is useful to almost anyone working in the legal field. The people who should attend, Burney says, are solo and small firm lawyers, government lawyers, members of corporate legal departments, and big firm lawyers. Additionally, law firm employees such as paralegals, legal assistants, CIOs, IT...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] And what about law schools?
You know when Newsweek is publishing a story on needed reforms for law schools that the conversation has extended past the legal community. Unfortunately rapid change has not been a trait of academia or of the legal community. But serious...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] New WSBA Advisory Opinions on Social Media and Lead Generation
Originally posted on NWSidebar:A summary of two advisory opinions issued recently from the Committee on Professional Ethics concerning Internet marketing and networking. Two new advisory opinions have recently been posted to help attorneys follow the RPCs while navigating the Internet.…
[Law Technology Today] How to Search Outside the Lines
Everyone has learned to think outside the box, but you need to learn to search outside the lines. Ordinary legal research works when you need all the standard stuff, but doesn’t work when you are looking for something unusual or something you just can’t find in all those nice cases and statutes. Until the Internet, you did not have too many choices. Now, with a little help from search engines and a lot of creative thought, you can go where no one has gone before. For example, a client had an...
[Avoid a Claim] Turn off email autocomplete to avoid a potential privacy disaster
Catherine Sanders-Reach of the Chicago Bar Association has some good email advice for lawyers: turn off autocomplete in the address field of your emails. With headlines such as “Former bar prez copies top court on email about its ‘ill-conceived and uninformed questions” and “Did Lawyer’s E-Mail Goof Land $1B Settlement on NYT’s Front Page?“, it’s not hard to see why this is a good step to take. In addition to explaining why you should do this, she also...