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 Practice Advisor] Boston Solo/Small Firm Legal Meetup Happens June 4
View image | gettyimages.com   So, what are you doing after our annual marketing conference this Thursday, June 4? (You’ve heard about that, right?) Why not attend the official post-conference gathering at Scholars on School Street? That’s a lot of questions, I know; but, here’s a statement for you: you should come by. While this will be the ‘official’ conference wrap party, it’s definitely also open to any solo and small firm lawyers in and around Boston — regularly, or on that...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Bram Meerleveld
An Idaho firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Bram Meerleveld looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a 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 purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation...
[Avoid a Claim] Paradoxically, pessimism leads to happiness
Can pessimism lead to happiness? Conventional wisdom says no: “Research shows that an optimistic outlook is good for your mental health,” said Patricia Spataro, director of the New York State Lawyer Assistance Program, a resource for attorneys with mental health concerns. “But lawyers are trained to always look for the worst-case scenario. They benefit more from being pessimistic, and that takes a toll.” -Patricia Spataro, director of New York State Lawyer Assistance Program, as quoted in the...
[Law Technology Today] 5 Building Blocks to a New Direction
Do you ever find yourself wondering if you’re on the right career path? Maybe there’s a small voice that pops up every now and then with thoughts of a different way to spend your days. Or perhaps it’s a full-on shout. Wherever you are on the path, it’s normal to feel a bit paralyzed and stuck when you think about making a drastic job change. The status quo is so easy to maintain, after all. But if you’re looking for something different, read on. We’ll share five building blocks to a new...
[Avoid a Claim] Communications breakdowns: When a lawyer has no sense of time
In 2014 the broad category of communications accounted for about almost a third of claims reported and claims costs. We asked some lawyers to give their opinions on the various ways lawyer-client communications can break down, such as when lawyers fail to share information. A few years ago, Judith Huddart, collaborative family lawyer at Dranoff and Huddart, Barristers and Solicitors had to visit the doctor. She checked in, provided her health card and settled in with a book. Patients who came...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Communications Breakdowns: When a Lawyer Doesn’t Care
Why, if lawyers are supposed to be good communicators, are the majority of LAWPRO claims related to communication issues? In 2014, for example, the broad category of communications accounted for about almost a third of claims reported and claims costs. In the article “Let’s Get Talking: A Look at Communications Breakdowns“, from LAWPRO Magazine we asked some lawyers to give their opinions on how lawyer-client communications can break down. This excerpt deals with lawyers...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Employment Practices for Lawyers – Hiring with Confidence
Hiring staff can be an intimidating process – whether you are a new or seasoned employer.  Avoid the pitfalls by reading the top tweets cultivated on Storify from our May 28, 2015 CLE, Employment Practices for Lawyers: Hiring with Confidence and Avoiding … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Law Office Technology for Everyone
In “Ditching Paper Signatures: Are All Electronic Alternatives Equal?” Eliya Fishman listed “6 Questions to Ask Now” about digital signature programs. I propose a seventh question, and it doesn’t just apply to digital signatures, but to all law office technology. My question? Are your technologies—and your content—accessible to everyone? Handling paper for signature can be challenging for many people with disabilities. Blind people cannot read standard print on paper and many never...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar]
When you need to initiate a meeting, it can quickly turn into a mess of emails without a resolution. Scheduling tools can help take out some of the hassle, and one that really stands out is Doodle. Doodle creates meeting time polls you can send to recipients. Setting up an account is easy and free, […]
[Law Practice Advisor] 2015 Super Marketing Conference – Speaker Feature: The Locals
View image | gettyimages.com   This week, at the LOMAP Blog, we will be offering daily profiles of prominent speakers presenting at our annual marketing conference. Having covered our out-of-town guests, we complete our journey today with a passel of local presenters, who will be speaking at various points throughout the day. The 2015 ‘Super’ Marketing Conference will be held next week, Thursday, June 4, in Boston, Massachusetts, at MCLE. The event is presented by LOMAP and the...

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