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

[Just Oregon Lawyers Blog] More About Money: “Don’t Just Ignore the Bills!”
I hear solos talking about the client who isn’t paying. Now usually this is a client who fell further and further behind on paying legal bills. Sometimes there was an initial retainer but that is usually long exhausted. The client is now ignoring your bills! Assuming you feel you cannot “fire this client” for not paying you, I want to you if you have talked to your client about his or her client matter. Did you discuss a realistic appraisal of how long their case would be...
[Avoid a Claim] What keeps family lawyers up at night? Managing your stress
Like many areas of practice, family law is going through a period of change. Both clients and their lawyers are questioning traditional modes of practice. Economic woes both cause legal problems, and leave clients with limited resources with which to resolve them. Stress – for both families in crisis and for their lawyers – is a constant reality. Still, within this challenging climate, family lawyers are expected to work diligently and professionally in the service of their clients’ interests....
[Law Technology Today] The Financial Reports you Need
We all want to get the greatest value for each dollar we spend, but with legal financial systems, as with many other things in life, less is often more—especially for solo and small firms. There are some basic reports that you will most often want to generate. As long as a system will provide this information, it will likely be more than adequate for your purposes. Balance Sheet This report is a “screen capture” of a moment in time. It shows all of the things your practice owns (assets) and all...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Tools for Tomorrow's Lawyers CLE and Webcast
What if you were asked to design a complete continuing legal education program about a very important topic where you thought you knew a fair amount about the topic? Well, here's mine - Tools for Tomorrow's Lawyers -- and you...
[Law Technology Today] For Efficient Collaboration, the OneDrive to Rule Them All
Lawyers regularly draft documents collaboratively with their clients, co-counsel and even (when negotiating a contract) opposing counsel. For drafting, more than 90% of law firms use Microsoft Word. For collaboration, while a recent survey found that 89% of law firms send privileged documents by e-mail (generally unencrypted), it also showed that an overwhelming majority of firms believe that file-sharing services and other online collaboration tools are more important in 2014 than in 2013....
[Avoid a Claim] What keeps family lawyers up at night? Providing effective service while managing expectations
Like many areas of practice, family law is going through a period of change. Both clients and their lawyers are questioning traditional modes of practice. Economic woes both cause legal problems, and leave clients with limited resources with which to resolve them. Stress – for both families in crisis and for their lawyers – is a constant reality. Still, within this challenging climate, family lawyers are expected to work diligently and professionally in the service of their clients’ interests....
[Avoid a Claim] Breach of copyright agreement scam using the names Rab John and Ikeda Publishing
A North Carolina firm reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Rab John 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 part of...
[Law Technology Today] How Technology can Help Change Bad Habits
Last time she checked, there were over 400 email messages related to the case in her inbox. Generated by a group that included seven or more lawyers in the firm. Finding just the right email, at just the right time, was somewhat problematic. The fact that most of the relevant information and communication about the case lived in email in the first place? Very problematic. However, the norm for her practice group is communicating via email. Or in meetings. Too many meetings, that last too long....
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Tools and Strategies for Lawyers With Vision Impairments
Toronto lawyer Ernst Ashurov was born with limited vision, and an eye injury in childhood left him almost completely blind; yet he runs a criminal and general litigation practice. In the first few years of his career, he was able to read print using extreme magnification glasses; but by 2006 he could no longer read. These days, he relies on two key software products to work with documents and to conduct internet research. Since software has its limitations, he has also developed a personalized...
[Avoid a Claim] Demystifying condominiums with better communication
This article by Mahwash Khan (Training and Communications Counsel at LAWPRO) originally appeared in the October 10 issue of The Lawyers Weekly published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. Many people start their home ownership journey by purchasing a condominium unit. Others downsize to a condominium later in life. As first-time condominium buyers, they may be unfamiliar with the operation and documentation of a condominium corporation. Communicating these details is key to helping clients understand...