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] LegalConference.com at ABA TECHSHOW 2015
Visit LegalConference.com at ABA TECHSHOW, Booth #608 in the Expo Hall. The post LegalConference.com at ABA TECHSHOW 2015 appeared first on Law Technology Today.
[Law Technology Today] 5 Ways to Manage Your Data Chaos
Gone are the days where records are created, printed on paper, and sent to storage never to be heard from again unless they are needed for litigation. Today, electronic data is generated at a rate and volume exponentially faster than anything seen previously. What data is created, where it is stored, who is responsible for it, and its business value are questions facing virtually every company in the world today. Terms like big data, data analytics, and unstructured and structured data are...
[Avoid a Claim] The Average Lawyer Is 90% More Skeptical Than Everyone Else: what this means for your clients, your colleagues, and your firm.
A skeptical lawyer is a good lawyer. He scrutinizes every line in a contract. He questions the opposing party’s arguments. He looks for hidden motives. He looks at the law with a critical eye. His legal decisions are guided by a healthy pessimism, which helps him guard against mistakes. At the same time, a skeptical lawyer is not fun to be around when he is not dealing with legal issues. Because of his cynical, argumentative and judgemental character he doesn’t play well with others. He is less...
[Law Technology Today] Automation Frees Us to be Human
Read parts one and two of our SXSW series.  My father will tell you that I saw automation coming as an undergrad in the early 2000s as I left journalism school. I argued that stories are formulaic—especially sports stories (I wanted to write for Sports Illustrated)—and it wouldn’t take long for someone to build a computer to write them instead. The Internet was a nascent thing back then. If Excel can do the math for you, one day it, or something like it, will do the same to news stories....
[Avoid a Claim] Profile of an internal fraudster
According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners companies lose 5% of their annual revenues to fraud, with a median loss amount of $145,000. And law firms are not immune to this. The Lawyers Mutual of North Carolina blog has posted a “profile of a fraudster“, that can help firms learn to spot the red flags of lawyers or staff who might be engaged in fraud. Do they seem to live beyond their means? Have instability in their personal lives? Complain about inadequate pay or...
[Law Technology Today] Forensic Science in the Criminal Justice System: What is Admissible?
There have been several programs looking at exoneration of people previously convicted of crimes. This includes The Innocence Project, currently boasting 325 DNA exonerations, and a project of the University of Michigan Law School that works on cases in which DNA is unavailable. The latter project has exonerated 1,553 individuals when we recorded this podcast. As it turns out, many of these people were convicted based on forensic science that was later proved to not be scientifically valid. So...
[Law Technology Today] Staying Ahead of the Competition
The world of legal services is in a constant state of flux. Now more than ever, it is incredibly important to understand how these changes are likely to impact us, and prepare to compete and win as attorneys in the years ahead. Join us for Competing in the Changing Legal Services Environment and hear predictions for the future and how you can adapt to these changes before they even happen. About the Webinar: Competing in the Changing Legal Services Environment Wednesday, April 8, 2015 2:00pm –...
[Law Technology Today] How to Bill with QuickBooks
Here is a quick checklist of the things that we need to do to get started. Don’t get overwhelmed. Honestly, once you get the hang of it you will find it is easy. Make sure all time is entered. Print or display the Unbilled Time Report and Unbilled Cost Report. Create invoices. Add any additional costs to the invoices. Print or e-mail the invoices. If you have a trust or escrow account you may want to transfer the funds and apply the transfers to the invoices before you print out the invoices....
[Avoid a Claim] Yacht purchase agreement scam using the name Gary Seidel
Firms in BC and Ontario have notified us that they received an email from the purported Gary Seidel looking to retain them with regards to purchasing a yacht. The name Gary Seidel has also appeared in a business debt collection scam. 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Employment agreement settlement scam using the name Katsuro Yuuto
An Ontario firm notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Katsuro Yuuto with regards to an employee injury settlement scam. 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 “employer” (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation of how...