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] Monthly fraud summary for September 2013
The month of August saw a lower number of new fraud posts (11) though we received more emails than in August (297, up from 209). Many lawyers were reporting the same few frauds, which seemed to have a wider reach than normal. 65% of the emails this month came from the U.S., 27% from Ontario, 2% from elsewhere in Canada and 6% from overseas. Here is the latest that map showing where emails to ‘fraudinfo@lawpro.ca’ orginated. (click to enlarge) Here are the email fraud posts we did...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Viktor Gustaf and Aptilo Networks AB
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they received an email from the purported Viktor Gustaf of Aptilo Networks AB 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection using the name Christian Hartmann
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they received an email from the purported Christian Hartmann 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 of an...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Cyber Crime Example of the Importance of Reconciling Your Trust Accounts Each Month
This article appeared in the September 2013 issue of TitleNews. Cyber Criminals Steal More Than $1.5 million from California Escrow Company. California-based Efficient Services Escrow Group was shut down by the state after cyber criminals stole more than $1.5 million from the firm's trust account and wired the money to China and Russia. In a petition filed in Orange County Superior Court, the California Department of Corporations (DOC) said the thieves first wired $432,215 to an account...
[Avoid a Claim] In the practicePRO Lending Library: Results-Oriented Financial Management
Regardless of its size, location, or type of practice, every law firm needs sound, workable financial management practices to weather the bad times, and prosper during the good. Unfortunately, most firms can’t afford a highly skilled Chief Financial Officer to handle their financial affairs, yet they need to develop a well-organized and well-executed financial plan to reach their financial goals and objectives. This book will help firms in this effort. This hands-on, how-to book will...
[The Last Word] Public WiFi Just Got a Little Safer for Lawyer Use
A few days ago I posted about the ethical propriety of using free Gmail for confidential legal communications.  Another somewhat unsettled issue is the ethical propriety of a lawyer using a public WiFi network at her favorite Starbucks to facilitate confidential legal work, especially given the ability of the technologically skilled to intercept and read […]
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam using the name Dionne Edwards
Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Dionne Edwards 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 an...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] PayPal: Lawyer’s Friend or Foe?
PayPal is a very tempting credit card processing service with nice extras like Web site integration and online invoicing.  There is no disputing its familiarity or popularity.  But before you jump on the PayPal bandwagon, do your homework.  Is it less expensive or … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Hidden Twitter Tricks
If you’ve been using Twitter for awhile, you probably think you have it down. You keep your tweets short and sweet, incorporate a hashtag here and there, keep it interesting and a bit mysterious if there is a link or picture attached – nailed it. Your tweets are probably doing the job, but maybe it is time to challenge yourself to use Twitter even more efficiently. This article from Mashable lists 14 tips for getting the absolute most out of this network. Here are a few highlights...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Email Encryption For Everyone
The recent confirmation that the US government, through the NSA’s PRISM surveillance, collects massive amounts of electronic data is really only the tip of the iceburg when viewed in light of all of the potential exposure email has to unauthorized access. From hackers to governments to law enforcement to targeted espionage to identity thieves, there […]