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 Practice Advisor] #LHLM Highlights from Super Marketing IV: Building Relationships to Build Business
June 5th marked MassLOMAP’s fourth annual Super Marketing Conference in Boston.  Marketing experts traveled across the continent to provide their knowledge on marketing trends, ethical use of social media, importance of customer service, search engine optimization, analyzing return on investment, branding techniques, networking best practices, and much much more.  To view the speaker’s presentations and materials, visit Suffolk University Law School’s Blackboard site (Username: ALS-...
[SC Small Firm] R.I.P TrueCrypt
A few weeks ago, news broke that the popular encryption tool TrueCrypt has been retired. Since the announcement, the tech world has been abuzz with speculation about what happened with TrueCrypt, but there are no clear answers at this point. So if TrueCrypt was your go-to for encryption, where do you turn now for your encryption needs? Windows Bitlocker is a viable replacement for TrueCrypt. Bitlocker is included in Windows 8 and also available on Windows vista and 7 Ultimate or Enterprise...
[Law Technology Today] New Paper: A Look at Small Firms’ “Cautious Embrace of Technology”
Technology continues to impact both the practice, and the business, of law. In August of 2012, the American Bar Association updates its ethics guidelines, notably Rule 1.1, which requires attorneys to provide “competent representation.” It is now the ethical responsibility of lawyers to keep up with “the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology,” like using Box or Dropbox to store and share files, electronic billing options and mobile applications. The rapid pace of technological...
[Avoid a Claim] Is it safe to serve on a client’s board of directors?
This article by Nora Rock (corporate and policy writer at LAWPRO) originally appeared in the May 16, 2014 issue of The Lawyers Weekly published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. It can be very rewarding, both personally and financially, to be asked to serve on a client’s board of directors. It’s also easy to understand why a client might make the request: the lawyer may have worked closely with the corporation’s founders to establish the company, and will likely have a solid understanding of the...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Patrick Zerhouni and Diamyd Medical AB
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Patrick Zerhouni of Diamyd Medical AB 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] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Aoto Fukuhara and Tsuda Chemical Company
A Maryland firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Aoto Fukuhara of Tsuda Chemical Company Ltd 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...
[Law Technology Today] Training is the Essential Ingredient
Here is an excerpt from a recent conversation I had with a client: Me – “We are getting ready to implement some great new updates to your software and there are many time-saving features that you can take advantage of. These options include integration and mobility features that will be really helpful. I am going to include training in the budget so the attorneys and staff can take advantage of these great new features.” Client – “We cannot afford the training. We have already spent too...
[Just Oregon Lawyers Blog] Helpful Practice Aid: Trust Account Reconciliation
Trust Account Reconciliation
[Just Oregon Lawyers Blog] Helpful Practice Aid: Client Ledger Card and Trust Account Journal
Client Ledger Card and Trust Journal
[Just Oregon Lawyers Blog] Cautionary Tales: Trust Account Woes
There is nothing worse for a lawyer than finding out there is less money in the trust account than is expected. This is money belonging to clients entrusted into the lawyer’s safekeeping. What happened?! Assessment: 1. Have you been doing monthly Three-Way Reconciliations? This reconciles the sum of all client trust account balances with the trust account deposits and disbursements journal or check book register with the reconciled trust account bank statement. The PLF has a handy form...