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

[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Protecting Yourself From Cybercrime Dangers: Secure Your Mobile Devices to Protect the Data on Them
Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever-changing. Hardly a day goes by without another news report of a data breach or other cyber-related scam or theft. Cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds in their trust accounts and client data that is often very valuable. This article, from the December 2013 issue of LAWPRO Magazine, reviews the...
[Avoid a Claim] Five good reasons to avoid “legalese”
The funny thing about legalese – unnecessarily complex or archaic legal language – is that the closer you get to it, the less visible it is. Most lawyers find that they occasionally use words that can confuse or alienate non-lawyers. The arguments for replacing archaic legal terms with plain language are familiar to most of us: when spoken, plain language helps clients understand their lawyers better; when written, it makes documents simpler and more accessible. But there are at least five...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Hachirou Hasfa
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Hachirou Hasfa looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Andrew John Parsons and Kirkby Computers
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Andrew John Parsons of Kirkby Computers 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 Page for...
[Avoid a Claim] Breach of IP agreement scam using the names Yoshiko Tomoko and Shinchosa Publishing
A New York firm reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Yoshiko Tomoko and Shinchosa Publishing 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 also part of...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Iberia Russell
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Iberia Russell looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation 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...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] How to have a Successful Retreat
♫  Yeah but I want to Walk on the water with you…♫ Lyrics and Music by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jack Blades, and Tommy Shaw, recorded by Aerosmith. This is another guest post from my friend and colleague Bob Denney.  So many law firms are facing issues today that I thought his article on how to conduct firm retreats to develop a plan that has ‘buy in’ to tackle these issues would be a timely and useful post.  Having been involved in firm retreats, I know that they are a fine...
[Law Technology Today] The Best Security Software of 2014
Adapted and excerpted from The 2014 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide, published by the ABA Law Practice Division. Security software provides an important line of defense against malware, including viruses, Trojan horses, worms, and other external forces. Even in a solo or small firm network, your client data is of the utmost importance and securing your computers, servers, smartphones, and information should be taken very seriously. The top security protection suites providing...
[Law Technology Today] Intelligent Document Automation in the Cloud
For lawyers, there is simply no way to avoid the influx of documents dealt with on a daily basis. Luckily, innovative technology such as document automation and cloud computing have made it possible to cut a lot of extra corners, ultimately boosting productivity and saving time for more important tasks. With document automation, you can avoid crafting essentially identical documents over and over. Better yet, storing them in the cloud makes them accessible anytime, anywhere. In this 30 minute...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archive: Strategic Outsourcing – Thinking Differently About the Delivery of Legal Services
This article appeared in the July 2009 “Changing Direction” issue of LAWPRO Magazine. All Magazine articles can be found at www.lawpro.ca/magazinearchives Strategically sourcing legal services may not be a new phenomenon, but the current economic downturn, coupled with the growing realization that the legal profession needs to rethink its business model to survive in the long term have put one such option – outsourcing – in the spotlight, say two outsourcing providers. Both Gavin...