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

[PA Law Practice Management] Ransomware (malware) on Cell Phones
  We thought that our cell phones were safe from ransomware, like CryptoLocker, which has been infecting hundreds of thousands of computers in the U.S.  Not so!  A recent article in CNet Daily News reports that there are as many as 5,000 attacks per day.  A mobile threat report from Mobile Lookout Security, which makes security software for smartphones, found 4 million of Lookout’s 60 million users were held hostage last year.  In 2014 they report a 75% increase in mobile threats in...
[Avoid a Claim] The 25 most popular (and least secure) passwords in 2014
Gizmodo has an article on the 25 most popular passwords of 2014, based on compiling millions of stolen passwords made public throughout the year. Many of them are the same unsecure passwords that appeared on the 2013 list. Clearly the public is still going for “easy to remember” rather than “safe and secure”. Here is the list: 123456 password 12345 12345678 qwerty 123456789 1234 baseball dragon football 1234567 monkey letmein abc123 111111 mustang...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan fraud using the name Ishiba Mark
Firms in Ontario and Michigan notified us that they received an email from the purported Ishiba Mark 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Practice Alerts for Oregon Lawyers
Professional Liability Fund Practice Alerts are a quick, easy way for Oregon lawyers to stay informed about developing legal news and practice management announcements. With an RSS feed you can subscribe to alerts and receive new posts automatically in your browser … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Cost Recovery Strategies That Work for the New Legal Market
The business practice of recovering costs directly related to legal matters has been in existence since law firms have been practicing law. A transparent, justifiable, and strategic cost recovery strategy is a vital component of not only a healthy law firm financial strategy, but a vital component of healthy attorney-client and firm-client relationships. Mattern & Associates has completed its 6th bi-annual Cost Recovery Survey, marking a decade of gathering industry-wide data on cost...
[Avoid a Claim] AvoidAClaim a finalist for the 2014 “Clawbies”
We at AvoidAClaim are pleased to have been nominated for the 2014 “Clawbies”, the Canadian Law Blog Awards. Our blog was a finalist in the category of Best Practice Management Blog. The Clawbies “are intended to be a showcase of Canadian legal blogging, and to promote a sense of community.” Their aim is to “inspire ‘social endorsements’ for those Canadians who invest their time blogging about the law, or the legal industry in general.” Congratulations to...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Avoiding Communications Claims in Wills & Estates Law
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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Tain Tan and Lochuka Steel Holdings
Firms in Georgia and Louisiana notified us that they received an email from the purported Tain Tan and Lochuka Steel 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...
[Law Technology Today] A Cloud Migration Checklist
There are many reasons why law firms and legal entities are looking at cloud migration, or cloud computing. For some, it’s the opportunity to gain access to the latest software and services. For others with aging in-house technology, migrating to the cloud offers the ability to dump old servers and storage and move from a capital expenditure model to a fixed monthly expense for technology needs. Security is another big motivator—today’s ever-changing threat landscape is evident by the...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] What one thing (or two) that we all know we should be doing in 2015 but aren’t?
♫ If I could do it all again I’d take it a little slower make a few more memories I could keep crawl in bed beside my child, just lay down and watch her soaking up the beauty while she sleeps I’d work less hours buy more flowers make more love on rainy afternoons I might make less money but I’d make a better friend if I could do it all again…♫ Music and lyrics by Rivers Rutherford and George Teren, recorded by Gretchen Wilson. I thought that, rather than do a...