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] 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Critical Security Concerns for Internet Explorer, Flash, and AOL Users
On the heels of Heartbleed, more security concerns: Stop Using Internet Explorer Now By now you have likely heard about the security issues with Internet Explorer. However, you may not realize that the US government warned users to quit using … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Your New Source for Legal Technology
Many legal professionals face the same challenges when it comes to technology: a certain piece of technology is failing or the firm is outdated in a specific area. What’s worse than your technology failing you? Getting lost in a bunch of vendor websites, or sifting through message boards and listserv archives, trying to figure out what purchases will benefit your firm the most. These issues wouldn’t seem as inconvenient if there was one centralized place to turn. Now (finally), you have a...
[Compujurist] FIXED – Internet Explorer Bug-Of-The-Day
Here is a great video and post with steps on how to protect yourself form the IE moonster affecting ALL versions of IE that has been making news this week. Steve Gibson created the inital steps but left out a few things. Terry Cole from Cole Informatics added these and created the video and post. If you're running Windows XP, you especially need to check this out. See here.
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Rejected Filings and Relation Back – Oregon eCourt Week
The rules for electronic filing deadlines in Oregon eCourt are set forth in UTCR 21.080, effective May 1, 2014. (See Chief Justice Order 14-012 dated March 31, 2014 adopting out-of-cycle amendments.) Among the most important are the provisions concerning rejected … Continue reading →