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] Commercial debt collection scam using the name Clocreen Austin
Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Clocreen Austin 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 more of an explanation...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Hits Friday: Dealing with People, and the Local Web
It comes as no surprise that being a lawyer requires dealing with people. Perhaps “dealing” is not the best word. Handling, maybe. Interacting. Helping. Regardless of adjective, people are in the mix and we have to learn how to [insert adjective] people. Debra L. Bruce wrote a useful three-part series on the topic, calling it a “Tech Support Manual for Problems with People.” She observes that when we encounter technical problems, we reach for the tech support manual, a 1...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Oregon eCourt Week – Filing Fees and IOLTA Credit Cards
Using credit cards to pay eCourt filing fees raises a number of potential concerns – some ethical, others practical. For example, is it permissible to obtain a credit card connected to the IOLTA account? If yes, what can practitioners do … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Perils of Law Firms Possessing Massive Amounts of Unreviewed Client Data
Some experts believe that, in addition to being prohibitively expensive for law firms to manage, maintaining immense amounts of client data increases the probability that it will be exposed to the public through a security breach or hack. That is why many like-minded firms are outsourcing data management to companies that specialize in it. On this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview Ralph C. Losey from Jackson Lewis P.C. Together, they discuss how to...
[Avoid a Claim] Manage client expectations to be safe on limited scope retainers
This article by Dan Pinnington, VP of Claims Prevention and Stakeholder Relations originally appeared in the April 10, 2014 issue of The Lawyers Weekly published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. Helping clients reduce the costs of resolving family disputes has become a practical issue for many family lawyers. As a result, many family lawyers are offering to do work on a limited scope retainer or “unbundled” basis. This means doing part, but not all, of the work on a legal matter. This could include...
[Avoid a Claim] Monthly fraud summary for April 2014
April kept up the busy pace of fraud emails and warnings that began in March. We got 405 emails from lawyers informing us that they’d been targetted by fraudsters, and we posted 19 new alerts. Many of the scams we’ve posted on involve fraudsters impersonating companies or their employees. This month we found ourselves impersonated in a scam attempt in Texas. 70% of the emails this month came from the U.S., 22% from Ontario, 3% from elsewhere in Canada and 4% from overseas. Here is...
[Avoid a Claim] Breach of license agreement scam using the names Gan Robin and Bioway Corporation
A Virginia firm reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Gan Robin of Bioway Corporation with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of a copyright 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] 10 Year Paper Retention Requirement – Oregon eCourt Week
If you are a paperless practitioner who has embraced Oregon eCourt with open arms, beware. eCourt filers are required by rule to retain certain documents in their original paper form.  UTCR 21.120, effective May 1, 2014, provides: “(1) Unless the … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Sharon Nelson and John W. Simek review “WordPress in One Hour for Lawyers”
We know and respect author Jennifer Ellis who has created excellent websites for law firms, lectures regularly on that topic, and also knows a great deal about search engine optimization. So we were delighted to read her new book, WordPress in One Hour for Lawyeers: How to Create a Website for Your Law Firm (available from the ABA Law Practice Division).  We use Typepad for our blogs but are considering moving to WordPress. If you think your firm might be interested in using WordPress, this is...
[Law Technology Today] ABA TECHCSHOW: A First Timer’s Three Days in the LegalTech World
    and why all Attorney’s, technie or not, should be paying attention… A Canadian Attorney living in Connecticut and I unexpectedly found myself at the ABA TECHSHOW held in Chicago last month. First, it was discovering the dynamite software practice management system, Clio, out of my hometown of Vancouver that peaked my interest, and then a serendipitous connection to a well-known blogger and attorney in Legal Tech, Nicole Black. At the same time, I had been orienting myself to the...