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] For Efficient Collaboration, the OneDrive to Rule Them All
Lawyers regularly draft documents collaboratively with their clients, co-counsel and even (when negotiating a contract) opposing counsel. For drafting, more than 90% of law firms use Microsoft Word. For collaboration, while a recent survey found that 89% of law firms send privileged documents by e-mail (generally unencrypted), it also showed that an overwhelming majority of firms believe that file-sharing services and other online collaboration tools are more important in 2014 than in 2013....
[Avoid a Claim] What keeps family lawyers up at night? Providing effective service while managing expectations
Like many areas of practice, family law is going through a period of change. Both clients and their lawyers are questioning traditional modes of practice. Economic woes both cause legal problems, and leave clients with limited resources with which to resolve them. Stress – for both families in crisis and for their lawyers – is a constant reality. Still, within this challenging climate, family lawyers are expected to work diligently and professionally in the service of their clients’ interests....
[Avoid a Claim] Breach of copyright agreement scam using the names Rab John and Ikeda Publishing
A North Carolina firm reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Rab John of Ikeda Publishing Co with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of an IP 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...
[Law Technology Today] How Technology can Help Change Bad Habits
Last time she checked, there were over 400 email messages related to the case in her inbox. Generated by a group that included seven or more lawyers in the firm. Finding just the right email, at just the right time, was somewhat problematic. The fact that most of the relevant information and communication about the case lived in email in the first place? Very problematic. However, the norm for her practice group is communicating via email. Or in meetings. Too many meetings, that last too long....
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Tools and Strategies for Lawyers With Vision Impairments
Toronto lawyer Ernst Ashurov was born with limited vision, and an eye injury in childhood left him almost completely blind; yet he runs a criminal and general litigation practice. In the first few years of his career, he was able to read print using extreme magnification glasses; but by 2006 he could no longer read. These days, he relies on two key software products to work with documents and to conduct internet research. Since software has its limitations, he has also developed a personalized...
[Avoid a Claim] Demystifying condominiums with better communication
This article by Mahwash Khan (Training and Communications Counsel at LAWPRO) originally appeared in the October 10 issue of The Lawyers Weekly published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. Many people start their home ownership journey by purchasing a condominium unit. Others downsize to a condominium later in life. As first-time condominium buyers, they may be unfamiliar with the operation and documentation of a condominium corporation. Communicating these details is key to helping clients understand...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The Nontraditional Law Practice
A nontraditional law practice can be anything a lawyer wants it to be: Hybrid or alternative fee arrangements; Unbundling; Virtual law practice; Home-based practice; All the above; or Something else entirely Hybrid or Alternative Fee Agreements (AFAs) As more clients push back … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Law Practice, Then and Now
The long time Vice President of STI Software, the makers of the award winning Tabs3 software, retired, and while cleaning out his desk, he found some articles that I wrote in 1988 for the National Law Journal and others. Besides making me feel like an old man, I chuckled at how things really haven’t changed all that much since 1982. Oh sure, the equipment, the software and the use of computers has changed, but it is still the same old practice of law that we all know and love.  One of those...
[Law Practice Advisor] Block Letters: Time Management for Lawyers, Part 2: Email Management
  #156682531 / gettyimages.com In Part 1 of our series on time management, we outlined some basic solutions for improving efficiency.  In this second part of our series, we will focus on email management. Email is the root of most of our time management issues.  The staggering volume of email we send and receive is debilitating.  Many of us make the choice to clear our inboxes during normal work hours, meaning that we are only able to squeeze in the bulk of our substantive work after...
[Avoid a Claim] Homewood Human Solutions e-Courses can now be claimed for the LAWPRO Risk Management credit
As maintaining good mental health and coping well with stress helps lawyers avoid claims, LAWPRO financially supports the Law Society’s Member Assistance Program (MAP), which is administered by Homewood Human Solutions (HHS). As of September 16, 2014, e-Courses offered on the HHS site will now be approved for the LAWPRO Risk Management credit. The approved e-Courses address issues including managing stress, managing alcohol and substance consumption, coping with financial pressures, and...