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] Avoiding Communications Claims: Litigation
No matter what the area of practice, the number one source of claims at LAWPRO is a breakdown in communication between the lawyer and client. Between 2008 and 2013, nearly 4,600 communications claims – an average of 762 a year – have been reported to LAWPRO. The total cost of these claims to date is about $158 million – and likely to rise as more recent years’ claims are resolved. In the Fall 2011 issue of LAWPRO Magazine we asked LAWPRO claims counsel with expertise in the various areas of law...
[Law Technology Today] Success in Your Remote Workplace
Whether it is from a coffee shop, home office, or library, more people are ditching the office cubicle in favor of a remote workplace. This includes employees at a law firm or business, but many of the principles could be applied to a solo lawyer working at home. In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Heidi Alexander interviews Tim Baran, a remote employee at a cloud-based legal software company, about the benefits and drawbacks of working remotely, the hardware and software needed, and how to...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Lawyers and Pricing – Part 6
♫  Saying, you got to play your cards and roll those dice, You may never get a second chance in this life; Don’t waste your time, ’cause time will tell, Good things yeah they hardly ever roll around twice. No second chances… No second chances….♫ Lyrics, music and recorded by Damian Follett. This is the sixth post in the series on lawyers and marketing.  We have previously looked at  the product mix, the people who provide your services, how you promoted your services...
[Law Practice Advisor] Gee, Mail, Thanks!: Three Google Email Attachments
#459105382 / gettyimages.com Given the vast array of law practice technology options, as well as the further multitudes of office technology used in law firms, it’s no wonder that no two law offices share the same, exact technology rig — though, many share constituent parts. There have been several noticeable shifts in practice management technology preferences since I began consulting with lawyers on the topic. Two of the most significant have been the trends for new attorneys...

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[Avoid a Claim] Avoiding Communciations Claims: Real Estate
No matter what the area of practice, the number one source of claims at LAWPRO is a breakdown in communication between the lawyer and client. Between 2008 and 2013, nearly 4,600 communications claims – an average of 762 a year – have been reported to LAWPRO. The total cost of these claims to date is about $158 million – and likely to rise as more recent years’ claims are resolved. In the Fall 2011 issue of LAWPRO Magazine we asked LAWPRO claims counsel with expertise in the various areas of law...
[Law Technology Today] Searching Google Scholar
There are three ways to search case law using Google Scholar. To use any of the three methods, first select the Case law (radio button under the search box). Three pre-filtering options will then appear—a Federal Courts radio button, a radio button for the state you are in (or the jurisdiction you have saved in a previous search), and a Select courts link (see Figure 6.1). Figure 6.1 Google Scholar’s Case Law Search After you have selected Case law, you can search in one of three ways: Enter...
[Avoid a Claim] Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent: Part 4 – How To Create A Superior Working Environment
Attracting the best possible lateral associates is critical to a law firm’s ability to maintain its competitive edge, financial leverage, internal succession and future success. The January 2012 issue of LAWPRO Magazine included an article by Cleo Kirkland, a senior recruitment consultant at The Counsel Network in Toronto, which discussed what firms can do to both attract the best new talent and retain the best people they already have. It features examples of different approaches firms have...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Simon Foteck Fonji and Tomiko Holdings
Firms in Florida and California notified us that they received an email from the purported Simon Foteck Fonji of Tomiko Holdings looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. This is a classic 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 debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed...
[Law Technology Today] The Business of Legal: How Much Does That Client Cost?
Most attorneys, from solos to big law, speak qualitatively about how they market and attract clients, and measuring the actual cost to attract and sign up a new client is uncommon. But understanding and monitoring this practice cost is critical. Cost of Client Acquisition Client or Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC) is commonly calculated for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies, but it also belongs in professional services and the law. The concept is to capture the amount of money it takes to...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] What Keeps Family Lawyers Up at Night? Providing Effective Service While Managing Expectations
Like many areas of practice, family law is going through a period of change. Both clients and their lawyers are questioning traditional modes of practice. Economic woes both cause legal problems, and leave clients with limited resources with which to resolve them. Stress – for both families in crisis and for their lawyers – is a constant reality. Still, within this challenging climate, family lawyers are expected to work diligently and professionally in the service of their clients’ interests....