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] practicePRO’s Top Downloads of 2014
At the end of each year we at practicePRO take a look at what articles, checklists, tips, and other resources had the most downloads. As always, the list contains many resources that remain popular year after year (e.g. our retainer precedents, ILA checklist and e-Discovery reading list). There are also some new and interesting entries on the list that stand out: Self-represented litigants (A survival guide): This 2006 article by Carol Cochrane was #19 on the list last year, but jumped to #2...
[Law Technology Today] Coding By, For, and With Lawyers
Last year, I participated in the ABA’s inaugural hackathon. A few days later, I declared it “a resounding success,” not because of the apps it birthed but rather, because of the conversation it started. As a public interest attorney, I look at the tools given to me, the tools available to my clients, and I think, “We can do better.” The hackathon introduced me to colleagues who agree, and together we are doing something about it. Such is the hacker ethic. So five...
[Avoid a Claim] 12 Tips to Improve Your Intake Process
The National Law Review has an article on the 12 ways you can improve your client intake process. Adopting these practices can help set a better first impression for potential clients and get the lawyer/client relationship off on the right foot. Here are the 12 tips: Have a dedicated person answer the phone Show compassion and empathy Get the caller’s name and phone number at the beginning of the call in case you get cut off If you send someone to your website, SPELL it out clearly Do what you...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Guo Haofeng and Xinying Group Holdings
A New Jersey firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Tain Guo Haofeng of Xinying Group 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 Fraud Page...
[Law Technology Today] The Four Pillars of Smart Practice Management
Everything seems to be moving at a faster pace these days; business, commerce, and the practice of law are ALL getting faster. A lot faster. The average lawyer must be much more efficient in order to match this pace. This requires avoiding getting bogged down with administrative duties in order to switch the focus to more essential tasks. Join us on Wednesday, January 28th for our free webinar, The Four Pillars of Smart Practice Management and learn what the pillars are and how to use them to...
[Law Technology Today] DocketFish: Addressing the Pain Points of PACER
When most people hear “legal research,” they think of Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis. The newer crop of lawyers will also think of Fastcase. You’ll be hard pressed to find a lawyer who disagrees that legal research is overdue for an overhaul. The same can be said for the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, commonly referred to as PACER. Looking at the PACER website reminds you of late-1990s websites, with its boxy top navigation menu and list of links. This is...
[Law Technology Today] Pardon the 2014 Legal Technology Interruption
It is January 22, 2015, and before the year gets any further along, let’s pause for a look back at some of the best advancements, worst fails, popular trends, and developments of legal technology in 2014. We can certainly predict trends and events for 2015, too. Like, say, what are the odds that two or more state bar disciplinary groups will issue rules about lawyers using technologies that will baffle lawyers who use that technology? It’s time to answer this and other questions about the...
[Law Technology Today] Client Collaboration: The Tools You Need to Keep Your Clients Happy
In these competitive times, collaboration is of the utmost importance in order to not only keep your clients, but to keep them happy. Now more than ever, clients are getting more closely involved in their legal work. They want to be more connected and have more control in these matters, and will likely walk if they don’t find what they need. So how do you collaborate in this digital age? Watch this video and discover: Clients’ wants and needs How to provide better client service...
[Avoid a Claim] 7 steps to a healthier work day
Studies indicate that we are now sitting more than ever in history. With the advent of modern technology and a more sedentary lifestyle, tasks have become increasingly repetitive. This combination of static posture and limited movement impact the way our bodies work, play and heal. Health Canada estimates that musculo-skeletal disorders cost us over $15 billion per year in treatment, rehabilitation and lost productivity. Many fields have emerged to educate people about preventing injuries...
[Law Technology Today] 5 Ways to Inform and Educate Clients
It is your job as a legal concierge to tap into the wealth of information that your firm possesses in order to make relevant and important information available to your clients. You should regularly monitor state and federal rules, statutes, executive orders, court rulings, and similar strands that make up the country’s legal tapestry and put that information into a central repository that’s accessible to every lawyer in your firm. Many firms are not only aggregating the information; they are...