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] Digital Signatures 101: Improve Efficiency and Security with Paperless Signing
With coworkers often on the road, telecommuting, or generally hard to catch in person, digital signatures are becoming more and more valuable, but what all should be considered when moving into this route, and where exactly is it appropriate to use a digital signature? These questions and more will be answered in the Legal Technology Resource Center’s free webinar sponsored by ARX. Join us on Tuesday, November 5th from 2:00p.m. to 2:30p.m. ET for Digital Signatures 101: Improve Efficiency...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Tales of Horror: The Phantom Client Returns…Again and Again
Recent LAWPRO claims have driven home to us the importance of formal retainer arrangements and avoiding the spectre of the phantom client. Unfortunately, these issues are not new. In 1991,William S. O’Hara wrote an article for the Law Society of Upper Canada Errors and Omissions Bulletin entitled “Beware of the Phantom Client.” He wrote: Of all the hazards of practising law in the late twentieth century none is more bone chilling than the phantom client who drifts into our office like an...
[SC Small Firm] The Facebook Shell Game
I have a personal Facebook account – like millions of us. I mainly have it to keep track of a few family members and old friends who insist on inhabiting Facebook as a surrogate kitchen table for family news. When Facebook was new, I started off strong, accepting invitations from old college chums, colleagues, acquaintances, and family. Soon, I had a little over 200 “friends.” Then Facebook started changing things. What was joyful and sharing became troublesome and suspicious. I “tightened” my...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Tales of Horror: A U.S. court decision on a a bank’s duties to a firm in a bad cheque scam
All Halloween week we’ll feature stories that ought to strike fear into the hearts of Ontario lawyers. Lawyer Ethics Alert Blogs has a post describing an Illinois appeals court case in which the court ruled that a law firm had no recourse against its financial institution in a counterfeit cheque matter. While the laws dealing with financial institutions in the U.S. are different than here, the takeaway for Ontario lawyers is to make sure they’ve read the fine print of the contract...
[The Last Word] Don’t Let SCRA Snag You
Although the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have wound down, many Alabamians, whether in the regular military or the Alabama National Guard and Reserve, continue on active military duty around the world. As such, they and their spouses/partners and dependents can avail themselves of the protections of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), so every […]
[Law Technology Today] Will Your Clients Demand a Technology Audit?
On the latest episode of The Digital Edge podcast, Sharon Nelson, Esq. and Jim Calloway talk to Andy Perlman of Suffolk Law School about the rising trend of technology audits for lawyers.  The audits, popularized by D. Casey Flaherty,  measure how efficiently lawyers are using technology and determine how much time (and clients’ money) they could be saving. Suffolk University is partnering with Flaherty to enhance and automate the audit. Tune in to hear more about the audit, the partnership...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Steer Clear of Real Estate Claims by Asking These Five Questions on Every Deal
The real estate lawyer’s job is more than just conveying title, and not every matter will be straightforward. Communication errors and inadequate investigation are the biggest causes of real estate claims at LAWPRO, respectively 41 per cent and 26 per cent of claims reported between 2001 and 2011. Busy, high-volume practices often lead to situations where the lawyer is not taking the time to communicate with the clients properly. Lawyers need to take the time to speak to clients to ensure they...
[Avoid a Claim] New in the praticePRO Lending Library: Of Counsel- A Guide for Law Firms and Practitioners
A revised edition of an ABA Bestseller. This updated fourth edition will provide every lawyer who is currently Of Counsel or contemplating such a position, and every firm that recognizes the status with the background, understanding and language required to protect the interests of all concerned. This practical and comprehensive guide will help to clarify the duties and responsibilities of an of counsel, apprise lawyers of recent case law on of counsel, and provide samples to help draft the...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Common Malpractice Traps in a PI Practice
Personal injury generates the most frequent and costly legal malpractice claims in Oregon. If you are a PI practitioner, watch out for these common traps: Naming the Wrong Defendant A thorough investigation of your client’s claim is essential.  Seek out … Continue reading →
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the name Ryan Adams and Universal Medicare
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they received an email from the purported Ryan Adams of Universal Medicare looking to retain him 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...