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 Practice Advisor] Be SMART About Your Goals
Last year at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Sole Practitioner & Small Firm Section Symposium, in the midst of a presentation about goal setting, I gave my audience a task:  to write down three goals for the next week.  The purpose of this exercise was to force the attendees to formulate and memorialize their goals, and thereby increase the chances that they would actually achieve those goals within the next week.  Goal setting in your practice should not be overlooked.  It is...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Lawrence Stevenson and Davro Steel Company
Firms in Illinois and Texas have notified us that they received an email from the purported Lawrence Stevenson of Davro Steel Company 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam using the name Robertson Richard
A Massachusetts firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Robertson Richard looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan 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 Page for more of...
[Avoid a Claim] Don’t accept every file that walks in the door
At the risk of sounding like a self-help book designed to help you find Mr. or Ms. Right, we’d like to remind you (the day before Valentine’s Day, no less!) that being selective about the clients you represent is an important claims-prevention strategy. Depending on your area of law and how established your practice, you may be tempted to dismiss this advice as being valid only for lawyers in the enviable position of having more referrals than time. But turning away clients that are a poor fit...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Diana Mills
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Diana Mills 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] Coming Soon: “The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft® Excel 2013″
In spring 2014, the ABA Law Practice Division will proudly publish bestselling author Ben M. Schorr’s latest book, The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Excel 2013. Pre-order your copy today with a 15% discount before the book is published! Did you know that Microsoft Excel 2013 can help you analyze and present your cases more effectively? This hands-on manual will show you how to take advantage of the software you already have. Bestselling technology author and Microsoft MVP Ben M....
[Avoid a Claim] Cyber risk insurance options: Do you have the coverage you need?
The prevalence of cyber-related crime has been steadily increasing for a number of years. Many businesses invest heavily in the necessary IT infrastructure to protect their data, but despite best efforts and intentions, the frequent news stories in the press should serve as confirmation that breaches do occur. The cost implications of having personal or financial information stolen are significant, especially for law firms, because the information they hold can be confidential and even...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Protect Yourself with Security Software
Interested in tech trends?  Software recommendations for PCs and Macs?  Your best bet is to invest in The 2014 Solo and Small Firm Technology Guide.  To whet your appetite read The Best Security Software of 2014, courtesy of Law Technology Today. … Continue reading →
[The Last Word] WordPress in One Hour to the Rescue
As you may have noticed based on the web address, this blog is hosted as a free WordPress site, so I was very happy to receive my copy of WordPress® in One Hour for Lawyers: How to Create a Website for Your Law Firm this morning. This new addition to the ABA Law Practice Management […]
[Law Practice Advisor] Guest Post: Managing Personal Finances During Periods of Unemployment and Underemployment
Saving Money (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013) With large numbers of unemployed attorneys in Massachusetts, as well as those working below their income capacity, it’s clear that a significant percentage of lawyers in the Commonwealth are dealing with constricted personal budgets. Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, LOMAP’s parent organization, recognizes the need, as it runs, in association with the Massachusetts Bar Association a regularly recurring job seekers group for attorneys, to which we...