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] Separation agreement scam using the name Paris Jun
A Washington DC firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Paris Jun 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Employment Practices for Lawyers – Avoiding Trouble at Termination
Last week I shared the top tweets for hiring staff from our May 28, 2015 seminar, Employment Practices for Lawyers. This week we turn to avoiding trouble at termination.  Here are just a few of the tips our speaker shared.  All the tweets … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] 5 Policies and Procedures You Should Have in Place for Your Firm
To efficiently and effectively run a small or solo practice (or any size practice for that matter), here are five policies and procedures you should have in place (and follow)! 1. Intake Procedures You should have some intake procedure in place but the more detailed the better. These policies and procedures should include: what information do you gather before an initial consultation (remember, you should be doing your conflicts checks before meeting with a potential client), who is responsible...
[Law Practice Advisor] The Wisest Things Anyone Ever Said The Other Day: The Best Quotes (or Paraphrasings) from the 2015 ‘Super’ Marketing Conference
Thursday, our annual marketing conference went down. Mercifully, this is the last blog post I will have to write on the subject. Don’t worry, though: you’ll hear about the 2016 program when it rolls around again, next Spring. But, before we leave the 2015 conference entirely in our rearviews, we might as well extract the last drippings from its essence. I took notes yesterday, in my mind mappy sort of way, listening for something said that was sharp, particularly incisive, witty, funny or...
[Avoid a Claim] Communications breakdown: When a lawyer uses jargon
“We’re [McLeish , Orlando LLP] in the process of retaining an ad agency for some of our marketing,” says Dale Orlando. “And it’s really frustrating when they use acronyms we don’t understand. You don’t want to ask because it seems like everybody else in the room knows what that means, so maybe I should. “One agency came in to talk about a service agreement, and they were trying to explain to us the services they were going to provide. After listening for 30 minutes I still had no clue what...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Piet Haerens and International Marine & Dredging Consultants
Firms in Ontario and North Carolina notified us that they received an email from the purported Piet Haerens of International Marine & Dredging Consultants looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a 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 purchaser (who is part...
[Law Technology Today] The Justice Entrepreneurs Project
Before I decided to hang out my shingle as a solo-practice attorney, my background was in the corporate arena. While I found the work I was doing fulfilling, the lure of entrepreneurship was too much for me to let go. In addition to allowing me to focus my efforts on building my own future, going the solo route also meant I could focus on helping to build the futures of my clients in the right manner. Without pressure from legacy costs, entrenched ideologies, or other burdens often faced when...
[Avoid a Claim] Need something to read to avoid doing that other thing?
When tracking the causes of claims, we at LAWPRO classify certain claims as relating to problems with “time management”. These claims include losses caused by lawyer procrastination: a specific cause of loss at the root of four percent of claims (by both count and cost) over the past ten years. Would you like to be safer from claims − and have better self-esteem − by procrastinating less? In a former career, I managed authors – in other words, I was the procrastination police – and I learned...
[Avoid a Claim] Breach of copyright agreement scam using the names Tomoyuki Iwahashi and Shinchosha Publishing
An Ontario firm reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Tomoyuki Iwahashi of Shinchosha Publishing 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Takeo Yamamoto and Kanehira Steel
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Takeo Yamamoto of Kanehira Steel looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a 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 purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more...