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] New practicePRO Resource: The real estate malpractice claims fact sheet
With such a large amount of claims prevention information availalable in LAWPRO Magazine articles and practicePRO resources, we had the idea to create simple fact sheets that CPD providers and others could use in developing their program material for specific areas of law. The latest in our series of “malpractice claims fact sheets” covers real estate law, the #1 area of claims for LAWPRO by cost. We are also developing malpractice fact sheets for other areas of law. The fact sheets include...
[Law Technology Today] Website Wizardry: The Right SEO for Your Law Firm
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has become an incredibly popular term in marketing, but many lawyers (and most business owners) are still confused about what SEO is and how to hire the right SEO consultant. Furthermore, having an online presence is not all about SEO. Online marketing can be frustrating and confusing, but it is essential for almost all law firms today. So where should lawyers start? In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview attorney and...
[Avoid a Claim] If your firm had a cyber breach, how long would it take to detect it?
How long does it take a company to even notice that they’ve had a cybersecurity breach? The median is 86 days, according to the 2015 Trustwave Global Security Report. That’s a long time to have customer/client information exposed to hackers. The findings of the report are summarized in this article by Canadian Underwriter. The report was based on data collected from hundreds of cyber breaches from around the world in 2014. Among the other interesting findings: 81% of the victims...
[Law Technology Today] 6 Key Strategies For Making Your Law Firm Business Work For You
Most attorneys start a law firm with little or no education or training on how to build a small business. So, they do what comes naturally. They build a practice, and focus on doing quality work for their clients, and being the best, most professional lawyer they can be. Months and years go by, and these same lawyers find themselves trapped in a job they created for themselves, working harder than they ever thought they would have to, with less financial security than they believed the...
[Law Technology Today] Why Your Personal Brand Matters
As lawyers, we are so dedicated to our actual work that we often fail to focus on what gets the work in the door. Part of the reason is that it’s much easier to stay on the practitioner side of the business and avoid the business side. Contributing to this tendency is our work environment and practice setup. Below are three different legal work environments with three different scenarios from clients that highlight the lack of focus on marketing in the legal profession. Law Firm Lawyers If you...
[Law Practice Advisor] Little Caesars: Lawyers Avoid the Fine Print
View image | gettyimages.com   I love the new Little Caesar’s’ commercial. There’re so many good things going on here. (Yes, apparently, Little Caesar’s is still in operation — news to me.) The lawyers are preposterously stuffy. They’re ordering pizza by committee — a group of 5. They’re all male. There’s a token black attorney. The law firm name is silly — it hints at rampant nepotism. The receptionist/paralegal knows more than the lawyers. They bluster about ‘wins’...
[Law Technology Today] What’s Your Score?
Few small law firms can keep up with cutting-edge technologies (big data mining, anyone? predictive analytics?) But a new Small Law Firm Technology Survey and Analysis lets you level-set your technology use realistically alongside other firms your size and overall practice type. Enter your firm profile—size, type(s) of matters—and answer a few questions about how you use legal-specific software. The Analysis returns a bell curve-scored evaluation in three areas: Technology basics (information...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Paris Jun
A Washington DC firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Paris Jun 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Employment Practices for Lawyers – Avoiding Trouble at Termination
Last week I shared the top tweets for hiring staff from our May 28, 2015 seminar, Employment Practices for Lawyers. This week we turn to avoiding trouble at termination.  Here are just a few of the tips our speaker shared.  All the tweets … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] 5 Policies and Procedures You Should Have in Place for Your Firm
To efficiently and effectively run a small or solo practice (or any size practice for that matter), here are five policies and procedures you should have in place (and follow)! 1. Intake Procedures You should have some intake procedure in place but the more detailed the better. These policies and procedures should include: what information do you gather before an initial consultation (remember, you should be doing your conflicts checks before meeting with a potential client), who is responsible...