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] In the practicePRO Lending Library: Anatomy of a Law Firm Merger
A well-planned merger can reap many benefits for the combining firms if the decision to merge is based on legitimate business reasons. Whether it’s two solo practices or the world’s largest law firms, the consolidation of two legal practices must be treated as the joining of two businesses, no different from corporate mergers. And that can mean a complex and confusing process-until now. This revised and updated Third Edition of Anatomy of a Law Firm Merger by Hildebrandt...
[Avoid a Claim] Various fraud attempts using the name Samuel Benson and Hexta Energy & Resources Ltd
An Ontario lawyer informed us that his client, who was looking to sell some rural property, was contacted by the purported Samuel Benson (mrsamben69@yahoo.com) of Hexta Energy & Resources Ltd in Nigeria about purchasing the land. The lawyer did a Google search of that name and found that others have been contacted by this person about other business ventures (see below), and advised his client not to have any dealings with him. This is the contact information the seller in Ontario was...
[Law Technology Today] When to Consider Document Management
Many firms are overwhelmed with documents. From thousands of Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, law firms use documents:  Lots of them. In these same firms, the subject of document management comes up frequently and many firms wonder when is the right time to consider a document management system. With so many documents to manage, most firms without a document management system organize their documents based on client or matter with a bunch of sub-folders, some standard folders, and some...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam involving real (stolen) funds, fake “McHugh Law Firm”, and the names Habib Al Moosa and Maqsood Sajid Properties
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Habib Al Moosa, representing Maqsood Sajid Properties in Dubai, 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). What sets...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Clean Up Your Conversation!
Everyone struggles with e-mail.  The volume of messages is overwhelming and once you’re finished, filing is a nightmare. Even when you think you’ve worked out a solution, it’s still a pain in the neck. One of the more typical complaints I … Continue reading →
[Law Practice Advisor] Guest Post: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: How Student Loans Changed After the Financial Crisis
Unless your name is Sallie Mae or Freddie Mac, you know that (student) loans are no fun.  Of course, neither are economic crashes . . .  But, it may be that our most recent recession has made it more favorable for you (the new law school graduate), to pay off your student loans, and to pay them off more quickly.  Derek Kaknes, the co-founder and CEO of Prime Student Loan, explains below.  Kaknes’ Prime Student Loan helps graduates with established incomes refinance their existing student loan...
[Law Technology Today] Passing the Tech Skills Competency Audit
Casey Flaherty, corporate counsel at Kia Motors America, has gotten a lot of attention recently with a basic tech skills competency audit he administers to outside law firms and the failing grades lawyers at those firms have received. There has always been an ongoing conversation of what basic technology skills lawyers need. The ABA’s Ethics 2020 recommendation that a basic knowledge of common software techniques be a part of the definition of “competence,” has also shined the spotlight on this...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: E-Discovery Reading List
The E-Discovery reading list is one of the more popular destinations on practicepro.ca. It was created by Peg Duncan, a member of the Editorial Board of The Sedona Conference® WG7 (Sedona Canada), and is a supplement to the September 2005 issue of LAWPRO Magazine. It is available at www.practicepro.ca/ediscovery. The broad topic of electronic discovery is broken down into a number of categories: Background Information on Electronic Discovery Manuals of Complex Litigation and Guidelines...
[Law Technology Today] Dealing with Personnel Issues (An Excerpt from “Lessons in Leadership: Essential Skills for Lawyers”)
Excerpted and adapted from Lessons in Leadership: Essential Skills for Lawyers by Thomas C. Grella, published by the ABA Law Practice Management Section. We are a society of structures and hierarchies. Many of these struc­tures and hierarchies have served society well; others are blamed for injustices, challenges, and problems suffered over many centuries. It is human nature for some people to seek to be in charge, while others remain subservient. Many of the achievements that we enjoy today...
[Compujurist] SnagIt 11 Screen Capture on Steroids -$19.99 Download at Amazon!
When it comes to capturing screenshots, the one tool that myself and most other Practice Mangement Advisors and legal technologists use is Snagit from Techsmith Corporation ( the folks who also bring us Camtasia Studio screen recording software). This is screen capture on steroids and there is an amazing deal on Amazon for a Snagit 11 download for $19.99 here. No idea how long this is going to last.....