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 Practice Advisor] A Little Planning Never Hurt No One: The Short Form Marketing Plan
It used to be that no one was afraid of Virginia Woolf; so, it must have been that people were looking for something else to be afraid of; and, it appears that businesspeople have found their foil: the marketing plan, a close cousin of the business plan. I’ve said before that I think lawyers should create business plans and marketing plans. Only, they hardly ever do, either. What’s a forlorn practice management consultant to do? Stop beating his head against the wall, for one. So, you don’t...
[Avoid a Claim] Cyber crime example of the importance of reconciling your trust accounts each month
This article appeared in the September 2013 issue of TitleNews.  An escrow company holds real estate closing funds in trust in the same way a law firm in Ontario would. Cyber Criminals Steal More Than $1.5 million from California Escrow Company. California-based Efficient Services Escrow Group was shut down by the state after cyber criminals stole more than $1.5 million from the firm’s trust account and wired the money to China and Russia. In a petition filed in Orange County Superior...
[Law Technology Today] Tech Alert: Smartphones, Smart Watches and Beyond
‘Tis the season for new technology. Starting with smart phones, we have the two new iPhones, the Nokia Lumia, and the Google Moto X. In only the start of the season, there are more announcements, including new smart watches and tablets, in the works. On this edition of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell will review some of the newly released technology, talk about what will work best for lawyers, and what we should expect to see in the upcoming releases. In the second...
[Law Practice Matters] Practice Management and Legal Tech Tips from Around the Web
There was a ton of good stuff written in the LPM-o-sphere this week. Here are some of my favorites: Sam Glover posted an excellent review of cloud-based time and billing app Freshbooks on the Lawyerist. He also included a link to a previously written article distinguishing Freshbooks from QuickBooks. Sharon Nelson and John Simek contributed an article to Slaw on metadata in digital photos, and what do about it. Mark Springfield, writing for the NC Law Blog, wrote about the “technology...
[Law Technology Today] Independent Thinking: Small Law Firms Find Their Niche in Hosted Software
Are you still debating a move to “the cloud?” Thomson Reuters has released a free practice management article—the first in their Independent Thinking thought leadership series—that defines cloud technology, and lays out specific reasons why hosted software (a.k.a. Software as a Service/SaaS) has certain inherent benefits to solo and small law firms. In the article Getting Ahead in the Cloud:  Why Small Law Firms Find Their Niche in Hosted Cloud Software, the small law business within Thomson...
[Avoid a Claim] Too experienced to use a checklist? Quite the opposite
LAWPRO’s practicePRO program maintains an impressive online collection of law practice management resources, including precedents, sample retainers, business plan templates, and yes – checklists. Our most popular checklists include: Independent legal advice (ILA) checklist Domestic contract matter toolkit Commercial transaction checklist Risk-management checklist for sitting on a non-profit board Employee departure checklist These tools help lawyers organize, prioritize and track the steps...
[Law Technology Today] Coming soon: “Adobe Acrobat in One Hour for Lawyers”
LP Publishing’s long awaited Adobe Acrobat in One Hour for Lawyers by Ernie Svenson is now available for pre-order at a 15% discount. The book will be published later this fall. Most lawyers now encounter PDFs, and many own Adobe Acrobat—the most widely used software for working with PDFs. But most attorneys are confused about how to work efficiently with PDFs. Adobe Acrobat in One Hour for Lawyers is written for lawyers and legal professionals who want to be more organized by making...
[Avoid a Claim] Breach of copyright agreement scam using the names Anthony Yu and Ikeda Publishing Co
Lawyers in Maine and New York have reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Anthony Yu of Ikeda Publishing Co with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of an IP 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 party in breach of the agreement (who is...
[Law Technology Today] Dine Law’s Favorite Things
On September 9th, 105 days before Christmas, K-mart ran the first holiday commercial of the 2013 holiday season advertising its layaway program. That got us thinking and our hamsters mounted the wheel to bring you this post touting some of Dine Law’s* favorite technological things! We’ve put together a short list of six technologies that keep us motivated and engaged. In this two-part blog post we will share our thoughts on these items and perhaps they will end up on your holiday wish list....
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archives: Funds handling – and the benefits of wire transfers
The recent increase in the number of frauds – many involving counterfeit financial instruments – have been a wake-up call to the bar on two fronts: First – fraudsters are targeting all lawyers, not only real estate practitioners. Formore on this, see the article Fraud: A growing problem affecting all lawyers in this issue. Second – that there is some confusion about how financial instruments move through the Canadian payments system and how lawyers can verify that funds deposited to their...