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] Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot, Season 3: The Best of the Guests (2012)
Compilation post 2 of 2.  (1 of 2).  Ah, ‘tis the Season(ing)!  We’ll have some hot stuff for you for much of the remainder of 2013 here at the LOMAP Blog; but, for now, we still be reminiscing. Each year, at around this time, I endeavor to collect the very best of our guest blog posts from the past year, ordering them up into this here catalogue, but without the sing-songy goodness of my general ‘best of’ collection, mostly because that’s a Christmastimething, and this is a New Year’s thing...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Resolutions to Avoid Wills and Estates Claims
I will ask more probing questions when meeting with a client to prepare a will: Too many lawyers are not asking the questions that could uncover facts that could cause problems later, or making clear to the client what information they need to provide. Was there a prior will? Are all the beneficiaries identified correctly? What about gift-overs? Were all assets identified, and how are they registered? Was there a previous marriage? Ask, ask, ask. And then do a reporting letter to confirm...
[Avoid a Claim] Resolutions to avoid wills and estates claims
I will ask more probing questions when meeting with a client to prepare a will: Too many lawyers are not asking the questions that could uncover facts that could cause problems later, or making clear to the client what information they need to provide. Was there a prior will? Are all the beneficiaries identified correctly? What about gift-overs? Were all assets identified, and how are they registered? Was there a previous marriage? Ask, ask, ask. And then do a reporting letter to confirm...
[Avoid a Claim] Two fake Toronto law firms tied to an international inheritance collection scam
A Toronto lawyer has informed us of a scam involving fake Toronto law firms being used to lend legitimacy to an inheritance collection scam. This lawyer received a call from a Hungarian law firm (who had dealt with him before), whose Hungarian client had been notified by mail of a multi-million dollar inheritance waiting to be collected in Ontario. The client had been told that the (non-existent) Toronto firm of “Hubbel and Steven LLP” was holding the estate money, and that $68,...
[Law Technology Today] Getting Attention for Your Legal Blog (An Excerpt from “Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers”
Adapted and excepted from Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers by Ernie Svenson, now available from LPM Publishing. Once you’ve created a blog, you want to drive traffic to it. But getting traffic isn’t enough; you also need to know how much traffic you get and where it comes from. Write Well The best way to get attention is to write great posts about interesting topics. Most important, avoid jargon; don’t use the writing style you use for legal briefs. Write crisp, readable sentences and you...
[Avoid a Claim] Resolutions to avoid fee disputes (and make more money)
Fees disputes commonly lead to unpaid accounts, Law Society complaints and/or malpractice claims. For these reasons you should do your best to avoid fee disputes with your clients. Here are some simple resolutions that will help you accomplish this: I will get a sufficient retainer at the start of a matter: At the start of the matter ask for a retainer that is sufficient to do all of the initial work on the matter. Ask for a retainer that will cover all the work – asking for less gives the...
[The Last Word] Pick My Own Judge? Really?
If you have questions about private judges and how this new system to help expedite the resolution of certain types of cases will work, this short article by Judy Keegan of the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution is worth a quick read:s YOU PICK THE JUDGE: THE NEW ALABAMA PRIVATE JUDGES ROSTER Earlier this year, [...]
[PA Law Practice Management] Newsletters are Only Valuable When They Deliver Timely Information That’s Useful
We’re all tired of getting newsletters containing information which we’ve already gotten from several sources.  If it isn’t timely, don’t bother.  And usually it’s written in unintelligible legalese.  That makes it useless for most prospects and clients.  Unbelievably, most firms still don’t “get” who their audience really is.  They write in a style which only another attorney might understand.  And by the time the editing cycle is done —...
[Compujurist] 21 Tips for Google Calendar Power Users
Computerworld has published a Power through schedules with 21 Google Calendar tricks article. If you use Google Calendar, either the free consumer version or the paid Google Apps for Business version, it's worth taking a look at this list
[Avoid a Claim] AvoidaClaim wins Clawbie for Best Practice Management blog
AvoidaClaim.com is pleased to be one of the winners of the 2012 Clawbies, which honour the best in Canadian law blogs. We won for Best Practice Management blog. Click here to see the full list of winners and runners-up. There are some great blogs listed that you will definitely want to bookmark! Here is the announcement: It’s the rare blog that can truly be described as a “must read,” but Avoid A Claim by the Lawyers Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) fits that bill. Authored by legal...