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] LAWPRO Magazine archives: Practice Pitfalls – Wills and Estates
In the September 2010 issue of LAWPRO Magazine, we asked our claims counsel about what they feel are the biggest malpractice hazards in each area of law based on the claims files they work on every day. Here is an excerpt from that article urging lawyers to consider capacity when drafting a will. Click here to read the full article “Practice Pitfalls”. We are seeing increased potential for claims surrounding issues of the capacity of elderly clients and undue influence. The...
[Law Technology Today] Reviewing Catalyst for Your eDiscovery Litigation Needs
The bad news: eDiscovery isn’t going away. The even worse news: eDiscovery projects will keep getting bigger because we live in a world of “big data” and digital packrats. The solution: find a tool that can easily handle the ever-increasing data compilations collected in litigation matters and analyze everything quickly and efficiently. The document review tools developed decades ago, before we even used email, are woefully under-equipped to handle the data onslaught of today’s litigation...
[Avoid a Claim] Long Weekend? Fraud alert!
On several occasions in the past, fraudsters have struck just before long weekends – a time when law firms are short-staffed and banks are closed an extra day. A long weekend creates circumstances that give the fraudsters a better chance of duping the lawyer and getting away before the fraud is discovered. Please be extra vigilant as we approach the Victoria Day long weekend – and be especially cautious if payment arrangements change and become more urgent at the last minute. Make sure you...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the name Ian Wylie and Wylie Architects
Four Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Ian Wylie of Wylie Architects 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...
[Law Technology Today] Why the iPad is the Best Tablet for Litigators
Most lawyers who listen to The Digital Edge are already aware of many benefits of tablet use in the courtroom. There are apps for note taking, document review, legal research, and, of course, trial presentation. But this is just the beginning! Having a tablet opens up many avenues of convenience for litigators, trial prep and during trial. Why is the iPad preferable to a Windows Surface or Android tablet? In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview The Kennedy-...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO defends lawyers: Opposing inappropriate expansion of lawyer’s scope of responsibility
Advising clients of their rights on a legal matter is a significant responsibility and lawyers have a duty to discharge it with competence and care. But when defending a negligence claim where clients seek to hold lawyers accountable for the unfavourable results of their own business or strategic decisions, LAwPRO’s defence counsel don’t hesitate to draw the line. In 2014, LAwPRO successfully defended lawyers engaged in every field of law. One case especially stands out. The result was not...
[Law Technology Today] How to Survive the Legal Audit Minefield
Have you considered how well your firm would stand up to a legal audit? It is a question that is well worth exploring. So much of the practice of law involves strict compliance with numerous regulations and these complicated legal regulations are often intertwined with peculiar accounting requirements — that are at times unknown to a general practice CPA. Small law firms are particularly vulnerable if they do not set up the necessary tools and procedures to protect the practice on a day-...
[Law Technology Today] What You Really Need is a Don’t-Do List
What’s a don’t-do list? It’s a list of the things you shouldn’t be doing, the things that could be delegated to someone else or outsourced. The don’t-do list also includes all of the things you completely let go—things that can be eliminated entirely (or for a specified time period). Creating a don’t-do list doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to take time to write an actual list, but it is a conceptual reminder that you need to first identify habits, behaviors, and tasks that are time...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Those Hated Timesheets- Are You Still Using Them?
Most lawyers hate filling out timesheets to record their billable time. Lawyers are also not perfect at accomplishing this, leading every company with a time and billing product to tout how much money can be made if only every bit...
[Avoid a Claim] Five ways to boost your chances of a successful repair
What’s a repair? In some cases, LAwPRO counsel can help an insured lawyer head off a lawsuit by “repairing” an error (e.g., by assisting with a motion to reinstate a dismissed action to the trial list) or take steps that substantially reduce the losses that an error might lead to. While not all errors are repairable, lawyers can increase their chances of avoiding irreversible mistakes. Here’s how: Most importantly, report real or possible mistakes immediately: Early reporting gives us the...