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

[Law Technology Today] 5 Questions to ask Yourself about Virtual Offices
Something we are hearing more and more about from lawyers is the idea of virtual offices. Why, collectively as attorneys, are we using virtual offices and what should we be looking out for?  How does it affect our practice and our clients? What is a virtual office? A virtual office is different from the traditional, brick and mortar office space. Some firms may use a combination but typically you hear about smaller firms or solo practitioners having a virtual office. A virtual office means the...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO defends lawyers: Lawyer owed no duty of care to non-client intermediary that paid out funds against client’s forged instrument
LAWPRO defends a wide variety of cases in any given year. In almost 80 per cent of the claims files we handle, there is ultimately no finding of negligence against the lawyer that was the subject of a claim. Occasionally, our work on a lawyer’s behalf is made easier by having compelling facts on our side. But even where the facts are more balanced, LAWPRO counsel strive to put forward rigorous and well supported defences on the part of our insured − not only to avoid a loss in any particular...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Paula Chue
Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Paula Chue looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation agreement. 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] Results of the ABA Journal’s Hackcess to Justice Hackathon
What could be better than a room full of programmers, lawyers, and legal technology buffs? That room, dedicated to using legal technology to improve access to legal services! That was the setting at the American Bar Association Journal’s first annual Hackcess to Justice, held August 7-8 during the ABA’s annual meeting in Boston. The goal was to use technology to expand access to justice, following up on the Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) December 2013 Summit Report, which set...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] practicePRO Resource: Technology Use Policies and Resources
Written policies that clearly establish guidelines and requirements governing the acceptable use of firm technology can help reduce cyber exposures and give staff clear direction on what they are permitted and not permitted to do with law firm technology resources. Use these resources and sample policies to create polices for your firm (These resources supplement the information in the Cybercrime and Law Firms issue of LAWPRO Magazine): The model policies are also available in Word and RTF...

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[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Gareth Richardon and Tec Electric Motors
A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Gareth Richardon of Tec Electric Motors 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 Frauds page...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan collection scam using the name Morgan Phillips
Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Morgan Phillips looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. 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 Fraud Page for more of an...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Recent Technology News and Developments for 2014
Get your technology news update here. Recent Technology News and Developments for 2014 is my column for the August "Back to School" issue of the Oklahoma Bar Journal. I cover lots of tech developments with some serious and some not-so-serious...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Credit Cards, Square, and PayPal Revisited
Accepting credit cards for payment is a business practice some lawyers avoid because they are fearful of the ethical implications. The process can be intimidating, unless you know the answers to some common questions.  Here is a quick refresher course: … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Kennedy-Mighell on Finding Revenue Streams in Your Practice
The Ernst & Young tax guide. Tiger Tables. Both are examples of companies and lawyers turning existing information and services into revenue streams. The tax guide looks at new laws, and incorporates research Ernst & Young has already done into a digestible book that makes best seller lists in the tax category. Tiger Tables, from St. Louis attorney Larry Katzenstein, is software that calculates a wide variety of actuarial factors for certain gifts under gift tax laws. Even the IRS uses...