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] LAWPRO Magazine practice tip: Steer clear of real estate claims by asking these five questions on every deal
The real estate lawyer’s job is more than just conveying title, and not every matter will be straightforward. Communication errors and inadequate investigation are the biggest causes of real estate claims at LAWPRO, respectively 41 per cent and 26 per cent of claims reported between 2001 and 2011. Busy, high-volume practices often lead to situations where the lawyer is not taking the time to communicate with the clients properly. Lawyers need to take the time to speak to clients to ensure...
[Avoid a Claim] Breach of copyright agreement scam using the names Tomio Yuichi and GoerTek
A firm in Washington, DC has 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 also...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Learning the Ropes 2013
Are you new to private practice? Then I have just the ticket for you! Attend our three day conference – Learning the Ropes: A Practical Skills & Ethics Workshop – for a mere $65.  Attendance at the full program satisfies … Continue reading →
[Avoid a Claim] In the practicePRO Lending Library: 200 Ways to Make Your Law Firm an Extraordinary Place to Work
What do you do to stand out as an employer? What makes your staff and attorneys want to come to work every day? Read about the events, activities, special recognitions and other best practices in place at some of your peers’ firms – ways to foster a culture of integrity, caring and camaraderie. From food fests to a “respectful workplace” policy, you’re sure to find something here that will help you make your own firm an extraordinary place to work! The practicePRO...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Could This Happen to You? Getting Duped on a Bad Cheque Scam
Reproduced in the September 2013 issue of LAWPRO Magazine is a sample of the report we get when a lawyer reports a claim using our online claim report form. It is a classic textbook example of a bad cheque fraud where the lawyer was duped. Upon discovering these frauds, banks generally reverse the credit that was given on the deposit of the fake cheque. Because the lawyer already disbursed funds in reliance on the fake cheque, this reversal removes trust funds belonging to other clients and/or...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: Creating strong passwords
The following is an excerpt from practicePRO’s Managing the Security and Privacy of Electronic Data in a Law Office booket. Creating “strong” passwords Create passwords that are harder to guess or figure out. These are called strong passwords and they are more difficult for password-cracking tools to determine. Password-cracking software uses one of three approaches: intelligent guessing, dictionary attacks, and automation. Automation is sometimes called brute force as it simply tries...
[Law Practice Matters] Practice Management and Legal Tech Tips from Around the Web
Security, productivity, project management and some iOS and Android news – there was a lot of interesting stuff in the LPM-o-sphere this week. Here are some of my favorites: Does Your Law Firm Website Attract the Right Clients? Allison Shields writing on her Legal Ease blog shares some helpful tips. Also on the topic of firm websites, Russell Alexander’s Website Security and the Modern Moat published on Small Firm Innovation is a good reminder that your firm website also needs to be...
[Law Practice Advisor] Ignite Your Law Firm Marketing: Avvo Introduces New CRM Suite
In November 2012, Avvo, primarily known for its lawyer profile and rating service, launched a new tool to help streamline and maximize the use of online marketing platforms by law firms.  The product, Avvo Ignite Suite, is a robust client conversion solution.  It goes far beyond what a free Google Analytics account can do for your law firm. To this point, I have received a customized product demo, and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak with Avvo founder and CEO, Mark Britton...
[Avoid a Claim] What work does my professional indemnity insurance coverage cover?
Here at LAWPRO, it’s professional indemnity insurance renewal time, and Ontario lawyers are being asked to make decisions about deductibles, innocent party coverage, run-off coverage buy-up, and many other insurance issues. With all of the information to consider, it can be easy to lose sight of one of the most important issues of all: which services performed by lawyers does the LAWPRO policy cover? The short answer: your professional indemnity insurance covers only professional legal services...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Kinoshita Wilbur
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they received an email from the purported Kinosthia Wilbur 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...