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

[SC Small Firm] Trust Account Tips
Trust account problems are one of the top reasons lawyers are disciplined. A recent article titled Tips for Handling Client Funds by Mark Bassingthwaighte, a risk manager with ALPS, contains great tips for any lawyer who has a client trust account. Although this list does not include South Carolina-specific rules regarding trust accounts, it offers good advice on practices that will help you keep on top of trust accounts and out of trouble. S.C. Bar members should also review the guide Trust...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archive: What to do when partners, associates or staff commit fraud
At AvoidaClaim we regularly issue warnings about fraud attempts by fake clients. This article by David Debenham from the Fall 2008 issue of LAWPRO Magazine reminds lawyers to be aware of the possibility of fraud within the firm as well. Internal fraud has been very costly for LAWPRO. At the time of this article we’d seen two major multiple frauds by long-serving and trusted law clerks. The losses on these totalled $6 million. In one case the lawyer was simply duped by a staff person. In...
[Law Technology Today] The Internet of Things and Our Virtual Lives
The Internet of Things explains the virtual representation of objects on the web — like turning your car’s AC on from a smartphone app. Is it possible that soon the internet will be able to control our daily lives, down to resetting our alarm based on the train schedule we take to commute to work? Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about the possibilities and implications of the internet of things in our daily lives and in the legal field. The second portion of the show explains The Human...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Managing Business Cards
Business cards remain staples of networking, and for good reason. They are an efficient way to give out your contact information and are also a great way to keep track of who you’ve met and, with some organization, where you met them. That being said, business cards can also be frustrating in an era where the Rolodex has been replaced by the contacts app, and where the phone is often replaced with online communication. Here are some quick tips for managing your business cards: Renovate:...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Reidar Martinus of Bjordal IndustrierAS
A lawyer in North Carolina has notified us that they have received an email from the purported Reidar Martinus of Bjordal IndustrierAS with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet. Here is the initial email: From: reidar.martinus@yahoo.com [mailto:reidar.martinus@yahoo.com] Sent: Friday, March 01, 2013 5:25 AM To: julie@hickory-lawyer...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam by Sharon Trump
Lawyers in Ontario, Florida and Illinois have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Sharon Trump with regards to a to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. For details on how this fraud works and a full list of names attached to it see our Confirmed Fraud page. Here is the initial email: Subject: Enforcement Action From: To: <(none)> Date: Monday, 03/04/2013 9:21 AM I wish to...
[Avoid a Claim] In the practicePRO Lending Libary: The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success
This convenient pocketbook is loaded with over 700 practical, common-sense nuggets to help busy lawyers be more productive, profitable and happier. The authors offer tips on practice management topics, including client service, marketing, time management, technology, HR issues, ethics, professionalism, strategy and planning. Written in an easy-to-read format, you can quickly find tips that can be instantly implemented. Written in an easy-to-read format, this handbook focuses on eight key...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Incivility: Practical Consequences for You and Your Client
Debate about lawyers’ incivility – whether it’s on the increase, whether it’s worthy of concern, how it should be handled – caught the attention of many of us in 2012. The subject continues to be discussed, and we can expect to hear more about it in the coming months and years. But high-profile cases aside, when does a lawyer’s conduct cross the line into unprofessional conduct, and what are the costs and other implications? These questions are answered in a paper by Daniel Naymark of Lax O...
[Avoid a Claim] Seperation agreement scam by Harmony Lin Akin
Three Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Heather Kobayashi Brogren with regards to a to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. For details on how this fraud works and a full list of names attached to it see our Confirmed Fraud page. Here is the initial email: From: Harmony [mailto:hsdes59@gmail.com] Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 04:24 PM Eastern Standard...
[Avoid a Claim] Real estate bad cheque scam by Yu Chan
An realtor in Ohio has been contacted by the purported Yu Chan with regards to what looks like a real estate bad cheque scam based out of Ontario. For details of how this scam works see our Confirmed Fraud page. Here is the email: From: Yu Chan [mailto:yuchan02@hotmail.com] Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 5:03 PM To: Subject: I will like to choose for the this MLS 3327197 $699,000. Hello, I will like to choose for the this MLS 3327197 $699,000…and i will be closing March 25th.I want...