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] Now available: “Internet Legal Research on a Budget”
The ABA Law Practice Division is delighted to announce the publication of Internet Legal Research on a Budget: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Lawyers, the most up-to-date guide on the topic. With cost-conscious clients scrutinizing legal bills, lawyers cannot afford to depend on expensive legal research databases, especially when reliable free resources are available. Internet Legal Research on a Budget will help you quickly find the best free or low-cost resources online and use them for your...
[Avoid a Claim] 10 Common Mortgage Blunders You Can Easily Avoid
This article by Mahwash Khan, Training & Communication Counsel at LAWPRO, appears in the upcoming June 2014 issue of TitlePLUS Today. The Smiths (seemingly friendly and genuine people) walk into your law office with what appears to be a straight forward real estate deal including mortgage financing. But, is it really that straight forward? Consider this: a high percentage of claims are caused by communication errors, inadequate investigation, clerical errors and fraud when dealing with...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Marcelle Loren and Island Mortgage
A New Jersey firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Marcelle Loren of Island Mortgage 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names R. Tanaka and Erieko Construction
Six Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported R. Tanaka and Erieko Construction 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...
[Law Technology Today] A Note on the Technical Learning Curve for Live Hangouts
Yesterday, I walked you through how exploring Google+ and Hangouts on Air lead to Legally Speaking. As with any technology, there is a learning curve. Here’s what Stephan Futeral and I learned when we started “Legally Speaking.” Not Ideal for Busy Lawyers The next steps involved lots of technical learning, mostly on his part, and much more planning and thought than I ever imagined. Let’s just say that we have unwittingly discovered there are many good reasons that news...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Use an Air Gap for Security
♫  I want security, yeah Without it I had a great loss, oh now Security, yeah And I want it at any cost, oh now…♫ Lyrics and music by: Margaret Wessen, Otis Redding; recorded by Otis Redding. I have been giving a number of presentations lately that in part, deal with the (in)security of law firm systems.  This is based on the findings of the Legal Technology Resource Center of the ABA (“LTRC”) in their 2013 Legal Technology Survey.  They reported that 15% of reporting law...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Ch-ch-changes in Legal Profession
Every now and then I get some negative reponses when I talk one-on-one to lawyers about upcoming changes in the future of our profession. The most common comment is that the present times are a temporary blip and when the...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Shim Changmin
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Akemi Koch 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 Fraud...
[Law Technology Today] The Start of Legally Speaking Hangout on Air
If you have been wondering about Google Plus, then I highly recommend you follow your gut instinct and start learning more, quickly. Google Plus is already teeming with very active attorneys having extensive personal and professional discussions, all hoping or believing that Google is watching them. With high hopes of rising in the SERPs, many have also found an engaging community of fellow lawyers, almost by accident, and developed real friendships along the way.  To me, the “feeling real”...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Keeping your trust account trustworthy
Peggy Gruenke has written a nice pair of articles on trust accounting for the Attorneyatwork site. Last month's article was Would You Pass a Trust Account Audit? and the most recent one is Handling Settlement Funds: A Best-Practices Checklist. I've...