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 Technology Today] Only the Shadow IT Knows
Hillary Clinton has been all over the news recently for having a personal email server, an action rather ominously referred to as “shadow IT.” Shadow IT is a blanket term for when employees utilize technologies or systems that are not approved by their IT department. This is not often a malicious act, but rather efficient employees attempting to work around the frustrating technology at their workplace. So why is it such a big deal and what can employers do to reduce this practice? In this...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Refine Your Writing with WordRake
♫  Good lookin’, so refined Say wouldn’t you like to know whats going on in my mind? So let me get right to the point I don’t pop my cork for every guy I see Hey Big Spender Spend, a little time with me…♫ Music and lyrics by:  Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, from Sweet Charity. This column starts what I hope will be a series of columns on new and innovative technologies for lawyers. The kickoff column in this series deals with WordRake. WordRake is editing software for lawyers. Most of us...
[Avoid a Claim] Textbook Example of Deposit/Retainer Fraud on Real Estate Deal
An Ontario lawyer has reported to the TitlePLUS department a real estate deal that appears to be a deposit fraud scam. This is a textbook example where the purchaser attempts to “take back” or “draw down” monies from a fraudulent deposit cheque before the cheque has bounced. It is a scenario that Ontario real estate lawyers should recognize as a fraud, and we have seen similar scenarios in other areas of law where lawyers were paid a retainer. On the deal reported to us the purchaser sought to...
[Law Technology Today] 3 Ways to Optimize Data Privacy and Protection in the Digital Age
Privacy breaches occur every day, and firms of all sizes are at risk. It only takes a single breach to jeopardize your brand, your company reputation, customer loyalty, and your bottom line. What changes to traditional information management and security are required to accommodate the always-on, mobile, social attorney? What should firms and corporate law departments do now to achieve greater agility and better meet attorney—and client—demands for secure access to key information? Join us on...
[PA Law Practice Management] Job Opening / Opportunity – Legal Assistant in Wyomissing
Berks County is a lovely area of PA.  The Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller is a mid-sized law firm serving clients throughout Berks County and southeastern Pennsylvania. It has been one of the leading law firms since 1945.  The firm offers a range of legal services, including business formations and mergers, bankruptcy, employment law, personal injury litigation, real estate development, estate planning and administration, elder law, and taxation. The firm has an immediate job opening / opportunity...
[Avoid a Claim] Breach of contract/collection scam by T Hari Sankar or Yati Dini Hari
Three Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve received emails from the purported “Yati” (or T Hari Sankar, or Yati Dini Hari) looking to retain them with regard to a breach of contract. This is a variant of the basic bad cheque scam in which the aim is to have a counterfeit cheque deposited in the lawyer’s trust account and good money disbursed to the fraudsters. As with business loan frauds where the debtor miraculously agrees to pay up right away, in this scam the ‘customer...
[Avoid a Claim] Assess your online image. What do clients see?
When we meet someone new it’s common now to Google them to see what we can find out. It’s no different with potential clients who are thinking about using your firm. Have you Googled yourself lately to see what they see? Merrilyn Astin Tarlton, writing in the Attorney at Work blog, has some great tips to help you Assess Your Online Image. You want clients to find your papers, speaking engagements, and newspaper stories. You might not want them to find the Facebook pictures of you...
[Law Practice Advisor] Block Letters: Time Management for Lawyers, Part 5: Managing Procrastination
View image | gettyimages.com   In this, the fifth in our series on time management (parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 are all also available), we’ll address . . . okay, procrastination. (Deep sigh) Maybe I should watch ‘Mad Men’ or something instead? Okay, alright. Everyone Else Is Doing It Procrastination is a wholesale, human issue: pretty much everybody engages it. Roughly one quarter of the population are chronic procrastinators; but, nearly 100% of adults are occasional procrastinators. Even so,...
[Law Technology Today] 5 Ways That You Can Provide Better Client Service
The legal landscape is more competitive than ever. Client expectations are changing, and as a lawyer, your expectations should change, too. You can no longer take your clients for granted. The work may be there today, but will it be there tomorrow? In today’s world of savvy consumers and commoditized services, existing and potential clients are looking for value. They are looking for appreciation. And if you’re not providing it, they will move on to the next person who will. Although this...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Five tips for working with Reveal Codes in WordPerfect
Originally posted on CompuSavvy's Word & WordPerfect Tips:Long-time WordPerfect users swear by Reveal Codes, a quick and easy way of viewing the formatting instructions – codes – that are inserted into a document when you perform common tasks…