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] Undertakings 101: Manage your risk
There is often some confusion around the purpose of undertakings and how they should be structured. Be the lawyer who solves closing problems without taking on risks. Undertakings are essential elements in real estate transactions. They are commonly given by one party to another to avoid delays in closings, or as a courtesy to the other party for a matter which cannot be attended to by the closing date. They are either given on behalf of a client or personally by the lawyer acting on the...
[Law Technology Today] Are You Missing Out Because You’ve Always Done it That Way?
Whether in the form of a meme, an inspirational quote, or written on the walls of a boardroom, there has been a ubiquitous adage that has taken over the corporate landscape over the past couple of years. You’ve likely heard or seen some variation of it. The initial question: “What are the seven most expensive words in business?” The answer: “Because we’ve always done it that way.” One can surmise that this new adage is the modern version of “old habits die hard.” Whichever way you look at it,...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] How many days do I have again?
It’s hard to calculate how many days are between a certain day and another, especially if they are far apart. If your deadline to file a motion is 60 days before your hearing date on October 12th, 2015, what date is that? Luckily, there are several ways to determine that calculation. We’re going to cover […]
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Communications Breakdown: When a Lawyer Doesn’t Listen
A study for the Law Society of England and Wales by Hilary Sommerlad, quoted in “What Clients Want” by Clark Cunningham, found that 50% of clients polled had worked with lawyers they did not like. The study concluded it was, more often than not, the way lawyers interacted with clients that was the issue. Indeed, the paper describes a true situation “where a specialist lawyer with a ‘big reputation’ had interrupted the client because she believed she had heard enough to ‘get the picture.’” This...
[Avoid a Claim] Ten social media misconceptions, revised
“Social media is just people posting pictures of what they had for breakfast” is a common refrain from those who have no interest in or can’t figure out things like Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. It may be said even more by lawyers, who have a reputation of not being the most enthusiastic new adopters of technology. In his Attorney at Work article “10 Social Media Misconceptions, Revised” Jared Correia sets out to debunk (or at least soften) some of the common...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Avoiding Malpractice When Filing and Serving a Complaint
There are many potential pitfalls when it comes to filing and serving complaints.  Learn from the best by reading the top tweets cultivated on Storify from our June 3 CLE, Avoiding Malpractice When Filing and Serving a Complaint.  Click on the image … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] AutoText for Frequent Email Repeat Responses
We all have responses that we constantly have to retype, or we spend ten minutes looking for a similar email that we drafted recently to another person. Instead of wasting this time, create an AutoText entry in Outlook to automate the response! Find the “model text” that you want to use as the AutoText entry. Copy it into your Windows clipboard (select and hit CTRL-C). Draft a new email and paste it into the body of the new email.  Format it and clean it up. I suggest removing any...
[Avoid a Claim] 12 Steps to Cybersecurity: A Guide to Law Firms
Hackers are wising up to the wealth of data available from most law firms. They know how to find that valuable information and how to get it. They also know that most law firms don’t appreciate the threat that cyber attacks present, and are vulnerable. Clio has released an excellent new free resource for firms to help them take stock of their cyber security preparedness: 12 Steps to Cybersecurity: A Guide to Law Firms. It’s a downloadable pdf firms can obtain by providing their a name...
[Law Technology Today] Tips for Selecting a Legal Management Solution
Market changes and challenges in recent years have shown that it is more important than ever to manage your firm more efficiently and productively. There is steeper competition, fewer dollars in the marketplace, and higher demands from clients for more communication and transparency. There is no more room for siloed information, inefficient processes, and work product that’s inconsistent. In this video, discover new ways you can manage your entire firm more effectively and tips for what to look...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Care and Feeding of the Law Firm Client
Care and Feeding of the Law Firm Client is my Oklahoma Bar Journal column that covers the basics of forming and maintaining good client relationships. The topics range from the initial interview and retainer agreement to managing expectations and good...