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] Conflicts tune-up: 5 steps to avoiding conflict of interest claims
Every so often, a case about a lawyer removed from a matter or reprimanded for acting while in an “obvious” conflict of interest pops up in the media. These cases make all of us (or at least they should) shake our heads in dismay: Surely everybody knows how to avoid a conflict – don’t they? LAWPRO claims experience makes it clear that lawyers don’t always accurately identify conflicts… or that sometimes they decide to be wilfully blind. Consider the following a brief primer on how to tune-up...
[Law Technology Today] Free Book Excerpt: How to Sell Your Law Firm
Excerpted and adapted from Passing the Torch without Getting Burned: A Guide to Law Firm Retirement and Succession Planning, now available from LPM. Order your copy today at www.ShopABA.org. For law firms, succession is a fact of life: founding partners retire, rainmakers depart, and in the meantime, client relationships must be preserved. In some cases, the partners might decide that the best option is to sell the firm to another party. It is now permissible in a number of jurisdic­tions to...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archive: Solo, small and large firms make the same errors
Without even trying, most lawyers could come up with dozens of ways in which big law firms are different from their small and solo firm counterparts. But despite all these differences, the most common malpractice errors at large, small and solo firms are virtually identical. This article illustrate the eight most common types of errors for all malpractice claims handled by LAWPRO between 2000 and 2005. Statistics are divided into two categories: firms of 75 or more lawyers, and sole...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Stefans Nikolajs
Three U.S. lawyers have notified us that they received an email from the purported Stefans Nikolajs with regards to a commercial debt collection scam. 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: Stefans Nikolajs [mailto:nstefans522@gmail.com] Sent: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 1:22 AM Subject: New Case Dear Counsel, We are seeking for a lawyer to assist...
[Avoid a Claim] Unfair dismissal scam by Julian Ford
A Pennsylvania lawyer has notified us that he was contacted by the purported Julian Ford with regards to a breach of employment agreement scam. In this type of fraud the lawyer is retained to demand a settlement from an employer or employee, and is similar to workplace injury settlement scams we’ve seen. The fraudster will claim that they are overseas, but the employer is in their jurisdiction. For details on how this fraud works and to see other names associated with it, see our Confirmed...
[Law Technology Today] Three Ways to Deliver Better Legal Services
In this guest post, Chad Burton, Founder of Burton Law, and Nitin Gupta, former co-founder of LawPivot and Legal Industry Lead at Box, describe how lawyers can embrace “post PC” technologies to more effectively deliver legal services. They look at three key areas: (1) internal law firm collaboration; (2) external collaboration; and (3) mobile lawyering.   The delivery of legal services is changing, and the underlying technology that helps facilitate the delivery of legal services is...
[Avoid a Claim] Changes to the Law Society of Upper Canada CPD Requirements
The Law Society has made changes to the CPD requirement in response to lawyer and paralegal input and following its two-year review of the program. Some of the changes are effective immediately and the remainder will be implemented for the 2014 reporting year. For detailed information on these changes see the Report to Convocation. Changes Effective Immediately 1. Co-writing and co-editing are now eligible activities Writing and editing books or articles with a co-author are now eligible CPD...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam introduced by fake law firm Franklin Pirsch & Associates
An Ontario lawyer was contacted by the purported Brandon Franklin of Franklin Pirsh & Associates in Hong Kong with regards to a separation agreement scam. It appears no such firm exists, and this method of using a fake law firm to lend a scam email some legitimacy is similar to a fraud attempt we saw last month which used a fake Ontario firm. Click here for a description of how the separation agreement scam works. Here is the message: This inquiry is the result of a search of the Lawyer...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Amato Ciro Cosimo of Mediamarket S.P.A.
A lawyer in North Carolina notified us that he received an email from the purported Amato Ciro Cosimo of Mediamarket S.P.A. with regards to a commercial debt collection scam. 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: Amato Ciro Date: June 3, 2013, 6:57:23 PM EDT To: Subject: Legal Representative We are Italian company and require your assistant in...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Cost and Frequency of Oregon Legal Malpractice Claims [Infographic]