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] A Tech Support Manual for Problems with People Part 1
Most of us have frustrating challenges with technology from time to time. At least you can usually call tech support, an IT specialist or a trainer, and the problem eventually gets resolved. But what do you do when the frustrations that bring you to a boiling point stem from people problems? You probably don’t have a 24/7 support number to call. In this three-part series, I’ll give you a few tools to add to your communication and management toolbox for troubling situations with other...
[PA Law Practice Management] Tax on Legal Services in PA
There’s no time to passively wait on this issue, folks.   Seniors are heavily in favor of tax on legal services, as it will replace property tax, and make it more affordable to hold onto their homes when limited to social security. Pennsylvania Realtors (“PAR”) are also heavily pushing this tax “reform” because the real estate tax is a factor which can impact a buyer’s decision for one residence or another.  They have a well-funded PAC, and it’s alleged...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Student to Lawyer: 20 Tips for a Smooth Transition
This is an abridged version of the LAWPRO article: “20 tips for a successful transition” – a guide for law students through the transition from student life to legal practice. See practicepro.ca/20tips for the full article. Honestly assess your strengths and preferences to identify what makes sense for you in terms of the type of firm and area of law you want to practice. Consider all the options: big firm, small firm, solo practice, government, in-house. Don’t just pursue the opportunities...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Coping with the Heartbleed security flaw (and future Heartbleeds)
Surely you have heard of the Internet security threat Heartbleed by now. But the explanations seem a bit complicated and advice to change all of your passwords yet again seems so “been there, done that.” This is a serious matter....
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Resolve to Get Your Law Practice Off to the Best Possible Start
Professional liability claims can take the wind out of the sails of anyone’s legal career, but can be especially demoralizing for a new lawyer. Your best chance at avoiding claims is to develop great working habits right from the start. The December 2012 issue of LAWPRO Magazine proposed dozens of New Years’ resolutions for lawyers in every area of practice. We’ve reproduced a few excerpts relevant to newly-called lawyers here. There are resolutions to avoid claims in particular areas of law (...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Mariam Jacob
Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Mariam Jacob 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...
[Law Technology Today] Can I Use a Mac at My Law Office?
I work with lots of firms that are either starting up or looking to move to the cloud. One question comes up over and over – Can I use a Mac instead of a PC in my firm? The answer is usually YES! However, while the answer may be yes for some attorneys, it’s good to know why the answer might be no for you in particular. While the majority of law firms are still running in the Windows environment, more people than ever are using Macs in law offices these days.  In the past, Macs could not...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Sole Practitioner?
One-third of the more than 24,000 lawyers in private practice in Ontario are sole practitioners. as a solo, it’s great to have the freedom that comes with being your own boss, but you also have full responsibility for all aspects of the operation of your law practice. Do you have what it takes to be a sole practitioner? This self-assessment quiz will help answer that question. The chart helps identify your strengths and weaknesses and gives you a better idea of whether you’re cut out for solo...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Student Week on Slaw: What Do Law Firms Look For?
LAWPRO is pleased to take part in Slaw’s Student Week. We’ve made an effort to reach out to students and new lawyers by creating a student issue of LAWPRO Magazine for the law schools, and this week we’ll post some of the articles from those issues. They contain practice management and risk management content aimed at helping students make the transition to becoming a practicing lawyer and getting their careers off on the right foot. Law students – like all students – are...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Angela Azuma
Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Angela Azuma 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...