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

[Oregon Law Practice Management] LawPay Discount through Oregon State Bar
In a monumental break in tradition, the Oregon State Bar is currently promoting a member discount for LawPay credit card processing through the month of July.  Here are the details as posted on the OSB Web site: It is critical … Continue reading →
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] OBA Working Group on Lawyers and Real Estate's Documents for the Purchase of a Condominium
The Ontario Bar Association's Working Group on Lawyers and Real Estate has established a sub-committee to consider the work undertaken in the purchase of a condominium. The Subcommittee is working on various documents to assist real estate lawyers and their purchasers in a resale condominium transaction and intend to consult with and obtain a broad range of comments and suggestions from Ontario lawyers. They have released for review the first document, a Master Chart of items to be...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam by Diana Trailer
An Ontario lawyer notified us that she was contacted by the purported Diana Trailer with regards to a to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet. Here is the initial email: From: Diana Trailer [mailto:dianatrailer11@gmail.com] Sent: Wednesday, July...
[Law Technology Today] Breaking the Barriers to Knowledge Sharing
Breaking the Barriers to Knowledge Sharing The beautiful thing about working in a law firm is that you have access to the collected wisdom of the lawyers and support staff of the firm. Their experience and advice are easily available to you, no matter who you are or where you sit within the organization. In theory, this is an accurate picture. In reality…well, let’s just say that for many law firms, it is far from reality. So how do you get a little closer to this knowledge-sharing...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] How to Strip Metadata Quickly from a Document Collection
Metadata can be stripped quickly and efficiently from an entire collection of documents using an Action in Acrobat X or XI.  You’ll find my complete set of instructions on Slideshare, including screenshots and power user tips. Here is a preview: Beverly  … Continue reading →
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: List of habits that annoy clients most
Like you, clients will get upset if they are treated badly or are faced with surprises. Do you appreciate the things that you do that upset or annoy your clients? From the Managing a Better Professional Services Firm booklet, here are the things you should avoid doing that annoy clients most. Not returning phone calls: This is one of the most common complaints about lawyers. To avoid this problem, set and control client expectations from the very start of the relationship. Establish a...
[Avoid a Claim] Careful docketing offers powerful claims defence support
As regular readers of this blog already know, documentation of the progress of a legal matter can be very helpful in the event of a claim. It’s easy to forget, however, that the recommendation with respect to documentation extends to dockets. There was once a time when “to docket” meant the same thing to lawyers in almost any kind or size of firm: a docket was a handwritten log of a lawyer’s expenditure of time on an individual file. Those days are gone; in most firms electronic docketing...
[Avoid a Claim] Working Group on Lawyers and Real Estate’s documents for the purchase of a condominium
The Working Group on Lawyers and Real Estate has established a sub-committee to consider the work undertaken in the purchase of a condominium. The Subcommittee is working on various documents to assist real estate lawyers and their purchasers in a resale condominium transaction and intend to consult with and obtain a broad range of comments and suggestions from Ontario lawyers. They have released for review the first document, a Master Chart of items to be addressed. The Master Chart is meant...
[Law Practice Advisor] Noises Off: Reducing Auditory Distractions in Your Workflow
In today’s world, there are a number of distractions, seemingly created solely to divest our attention from normal life activities, like not walking into traffic. From Blackberry messaging to Google Glass, there’s always something in the way. Although we don’t often consider it, or realize it, there are a number of sound-based distractions that creep into our daily lives and work. (Or, as Boris Karloff once said: ‘the Noise, Noise, Noise!” is all around us.) The better we can ward those off...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archives: Supervision of employees – The buck stops with you.
As a lawyer, you are responsible for ensuring that your employees abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct and the By-Laws under the Law Society Act. Lawyers must assume complete professional responsibility for all business entrusted to them and must directly supervise all staff to whomthey delegate particular tasks and functions pursuant to Part I of By-law 7.1 and subrule 5.01(2) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Making supervision a priority is also a good way to reduce the risk of...