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] In the practicePRO Lending Library: The Lawyer’s Guide to Practice Management Systems Software
What can practice management systems software do for your law practice? With the right system in place, you and your staff will have the ability to automatically route items, tasks, documents, and events to certain people based on their role in the case or matter, as well as manage deadlines, improve responsiveness to clients, reduce malpractice insurance rates, and boost overall productivity. The challenge is to find a program that best serves the needs of your firm. Written by legal...
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam using the name Rick Benson
Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Rick Benson 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Encryption: Essential Best Practice or Much Ado About Nothing?
In a recent post, MASS LOMAP’s senior law practice management advisor Jared Correia shared the ABCs of encryption.  Whether you’re securing one document at a time or an entire collection, be sure to check out his recommendations.  Another excellent resource … Continue reading →
[PA Law Practice Management] Custom Apps Created by Law Firms – Brilliant Marketing
A terrific next step in education-based marketing strategy is the law firm mobile device app, designed to address a specific client need.  Law Technology News recently reported on  apps designed by Latham & Watkins and O’Melveny & Myers, to inform users about anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws. The Latham & Watkins iPhone and iPad app, which is called the AB&C  Laws Application, was launched on  July 18th.  It is free from Apple Inc.’s iTunes app store. The app...
[PA Law Practice Management] Document Assembly – Work Smarter Instead of Harder
Repetitive documents are most cost-effectively produced using document assembly software.  I recall reading that approximately 80% of legal documents are mostly repetitive; using boilerplate language.  They provide opportunity to gain efficiency in production by working smart. Document assembly software provides a user with the ability to create an “interview” or “standard information” form.  It then merges the information into a document.  While one can actually create...
[Law Practice Matters] Practice Management and Legal Tech Tips from Around the Web
There was some excellent commentary and insight from the LPM-o-sphere this week: Erik Heels contributed a great piece to Attorney at Work called Free Your Law Practice’s Computing Budget. Erik discusses the multitude of free desktop and cloud software available along with what is worth paying for. Heather Morse, publisher of The Legal Watercooler, gets into the ROI on a legal blog in her article, How NOT to Measure the Value of a Legal Blog.  a thoughtful discussion using SCOTUSblog as an...
[The Last Word] The Deadline is Approaching – Are You Ready?
Regardless of your feelings about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare, its provisions are slowly but surely being implemented and there is an approaching deadline that law firms need to know about. Under the provisions of the ACA many employers are required to notify their employees by October 1, 2013 about the […]
[SC Small Firm] Succession Planning
As you know, the Supreme Court recently adopted the Succession Planning Rule to encourage lawyers to prepare written succession plans. The Bar will collect the names of successor attorneys as part of the license fee process. You can also use this form to submit the name of your successor in advance. For additional info on succession planning, including sample forms, go to the PMAP Winding Down page. Also, join us next Friday at the 2013 Solo & Small Firm Conference where our speakers for...
[Law Practice Advisor] Guest Post: Go MILO: 2013 Edition of Popular Conference is in Late October; Early Bird Registration Still Available
Since I’ve been at LOMAP, I have witnessed a decided shift in computing preferences: whereas, five years ago, most of the attorneys I talked to were PC users, now, more than half of the attorneys that I consult with use Macs — and, that figure is growing. In fact, this is a general trend, beyond the four walls of our office. Consequently, more and more resources have come available for attorneys who use Macs in the practice of law. One of the major sources of information for Mac...
[Avoid a Claim] Asked to swear an affidavit to support a former criminal client’s appeal? Call LAWPRO first.
From a malpractice claims perspective, criminal law may not be as safe an area of practice as you might think: LAWPRO sees over 30 criminal law claims per year on average. These claims are sometimes complicated by steps taken by lawyers who take certain dangerous DIY steps in the name of claim “self-repair”. One of the most common bases for claims against criminal lawyers is “ineffective assistance of counsel”. This allegation, not uncommon as an appeal ground in criminal court, may also be...