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] Now Available: “Legal Project Management in One Hour for Lawyers”
Legal clients are responding to today’s unprecedented financial pressures by demanding better predictability, cost-effectiveness and communication from their outside legal service providers. They give their business to those who can manage legal work efficiently—and take it away from those who can’t or won’t. Legal Project Management in One Hour for Lawyers provides any attorney with practical skills and methods for improving efficiency, keeping budgets under control, building strong working...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan collection scam using the name Xue Cheng
Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Xue Cheng 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 of an...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan collection scam using the name Margaret Wood
Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Margaret Wood 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 of an...
[Law Technology Today] Video: Digital Signatures 101: Improve Efficiency and Security with Paperless Signing
Whether to simply reduce paper, increase security, or improve efficiency, digital signatures can provide law firms with many benefits. In this webinar from the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center, sponsored by ARX, discover how digital signatures can be used within law firms including processes where they can be applied, the differences between digital and electronic signatures, and the cost savings that follow. Thank you to our sponsor ARX. The post Video: Digital Signatures 101: Improve...
[Law Technology Today] Learn More About Firm Central
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[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine article: 15 Tips for Preventing Identity Theft and Online Fraud
Cyber criminals and identity thieves want to steal your personal information to commit fraud. They may try to get a credit card in your name or to access funds in your bank account. On top of directly losing money, your credit status can be damaged and it can take a great deal of time and expense to restore your good name. And this goes beyond being an issue of personal concern. LAWPRO has seen situations where law firm bank accounts were hacked and where law firm bank account information was...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Mitsuo Iwai and Hagiwara Electric Co
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Mitsuo Iwai of Hagiwara Electric Colooking 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 for more...
[Law Technology Today] Is the Cloud Right for My Firm?
I am asked this question all the time. From solos to firms with 15 or 20 attorneys, the question arises – Is the cloud right for my firm? The answer is sometimes; it really depends on the firm. Cloud computing has leveled the playing field and allowed smaller law firms to compete with larger firms by using technology hosted in the cloud. From Exchange servers to practice managements systems, cloud computing has a lot to offer firms of all sizes. However, sometimes it does not make sense...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Eight Practical Precautions to Avoid Rule 48 Claims
This is taken from Know How Administrative Dismissal Claims Happen, and Take Eight Steps To Immunize Yourself Against Them which appears in the September 2013 issue of LAWPRO Magazine. The article also contains the Dimissal Motions: What is the Test? chart by Debra Rolph, LAWPRO's director of resarch. Rule 48 [of the Ontario Rules of Professional Conduct] claims arise when it is alleged that the dismissal of a claim was due to the lawyer’s negligence with respect to either a defended (Rule...
[Avoid a Claim] Monthly fraud summary for October 2013
The month of October saw the pace of fraud reports pick up after a relatively quiet August and September. We got 379 emails and posted on 21 new frauds. 47% of the emails this month came from the U.S., 45% from Ontario, 3% from elsewhere in Canada and 5% from overseas. Here is the latest that map showing where emails to ‘fraudinfo@lawpro.ca’ orginated. (click to enlarge) This month brought some good news from Toronto police who arrested two men in Brampton who were running one of...