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] Restoring Your Computer System and Recovering Data in the Event of the Unthinkable
We all dread that moment:  the one in which our computer malfunctions and loses all of your stored data.  That can be a scary moment, particularly if you do not know how to restore your system and data; but, even a system restore is useless if you haven’t backed up your data in the first place.  So, you should back up your data on a regular basis.  A backup can be stored on an external drive, USB flash drive, and/or online.  A good backup system includes a daily incremental backup, a full...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Resolutions for Better Matter and File Management
Effective file management provides the foundation for timely, valuable client service and appropriate management of client matters. Here are some resolutions to help you complete the critical steps in file management: I will complete a conflicts check before opening a file: Conflicts of interest can lead to ugly and expensive malpractice claims. The best time to catch and avoid a conflicts claim is during a thorough conflicts search before a file is opened. A thorough search looks for...
[Law Practice Advisor] Website Essentials – Part II: Design & Development
This post covers the second installment of a four-part series on setting up a website for your law practice.  We learned in the first post how to select and register a domain name, secure a web host, and create and set up email.  This second post covers the real meat of the process:  the design and development process. First, you need to decide whether to hire someone or do it yourself (“DIY”).  To save time and frustration, many folks will choose to hire a professional...
[Law Practice Advisor] Website Essentials – Part II: Design & Development
This post covers the second installment of a four-part series on setting up a website for your law practice.  We learned in the first post how to select and register a domain name, secure a web host, and create and set up email.  This second post covers the real meat of the process:  the design and development process. First, you need to decide whether to hire someone or do it yourself (“DIY”).  To save time and frustration, many folks will choose to hire a professional to design and develop...
[Law Practice Advisor] Website Essentials – Part II: Design & Development
This post covers the second installment of a four-part series on setting up a website for your law practice.  We learned in the first post how to select and register a domain name, secure a web host, and create and set up email.  This second post covers the real meat of the process:  the design and development process. First, you need to decide whether to hire someone or do it yourself (“DIY”).  To save time and frustration, many folks will choose to hire a professional to design and develop...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: Independent Legal Advice Checklist
When providing independent legal advice, a checklist provides you with a handy tool to ensure that you are covering all the bases when discussing the underlying transaction and your client’s relationship to that transaction. Using this checklist, created by Phil Epstein Q.C., will allow you to be in a better position to successfully defend a negligence claim in relation to the provision of independent legal advice.
[Avoid a Claim] Scam email from Hiroyuki Yamamoto of Eta Electric Industry Co
Four lawyers in Ontario reported receiving emails from the purported Hiroyuki Yamamoto of Eta Electric Industry Co asking to retain their firms for various commercial activities. While no doubt this is a scam attempt of some kind, the fraudsters don’t immediately mention collecting a debt or damages from a client. It may be that the initial email is meant to establish some kind of relationship with the lawyer, and then later a request to collect a debt will me made. We will post more as...
[SC Small Firm] Twitter spam
I just received a direct message (DM) via Twitter: “Did you see this pic of you? lol.” followed by a bit.ly link. I received it in my email box, since my Twitter account is set up to send direct messages to my email. What is Bitly? Bitly is a web service that allows you to shorten long links for insertion in tweets or emails (among other things). Since I know the sender of this tweet, and she is a friend and colleague, I’ll admit I pondered it a second before deciding it was spam and the link...
[Avoid a Claim] Principato and proportionality: Balancing value, benefit, and risk
This article is by Nora Rock, corporate writer/policy analyst at LAWPRO. Two weeks ago, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice sent a message to family lawyers (other litigators should take notice, too!) via a costs ruling in Principato v. Principato, a somewhat tortured family law proceeding. The Principatos, it turns out, are like the vast majority of us: They lack the personal wealth sufficient to pay for a full-court litigation press over each and every issue that has arisen in their divorce...
[Law Technology Today] Android Apps for Legal Research (An Excerpt from “Android Apps in One Hour for Lawyers”
Adapted and excepted from Android Apps in One Hour for Lawyers by Daniel J. Siegel, coming in February from LPM Publishing. Use your Android phone or tablet to conduct free or low-cost legal research on-the-go. A number of apps have recently emerged that make it easy to perform research and to save your results. Several apps provide specific types of information lawyers need, such as rules, codes, and statutes. The days of carrying heavy books around are disappearing.   WestlawNext ...