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 Tips Blog] Keeping your trust account trustworthy
Peggy Gruenke has written a nice pair of articles on trust accounting for the Attorneyatwork site. Last month's article was Would You Pass a Trust Account Audit? and the most recent one is Handling Settlement Funds: A Best-Practices Checklist. I've...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Akemi Koch
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Akemi Koch looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation agreement. 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). See our Confirmed Fraud...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Julian Turner and Capio AB
A New Jersey firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Julian Turner and Capio AB 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). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an...
[Law Technology Today] Bring the Legal Fair Online to Serve Distant Communities
Legal fairs are places people can go for free legal advice. A client fills out an intake form and is matched with a lawyer. The two sit down in a large room filled with tables where many other lawyers and clients are talking. Clients can get free, and sometimes very much needed, legal advice, and lawyers can network while serving their communities. Legal fairs support access to justice, but they tend to be held in urban areas where enough lawyers live to staff a fair. For people who live in...
[Law Technology Today] Panel Presentation Pointers, and Something about Food
Last time, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell gave you some typical, and atypical presentation tips. That was for those who present solo. This is for the panelists. You know, those presentations where there’s a long table on the stage with 2-4 people sitting, waiting to speak on a topic. As an audience member, you’re curious but pause before sitting down. One boring presentation is bad enough, but three? Imagine how the panelists feel! No fear (or KNOW fear?), Dennis and Tom have...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Oregon’s Social Media Law
I first wrote about Oregon’s social media law when HB 2654 was passed by the Senate in May 2013. A year later, Dan Webb Howard has penned an interesting article for the May 2014 issue of the Oregon State Bar Bulletin, … Continue reading →
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] 10 Ways to Build a Better Clientele
The impact of poor client selection and sloppy client service will be magnified in trying economic times. In response, you want to proactively take steps to build and retain a better clientele. Here are some pointers to help you meet that goal. This article orginally appeared in the Fall 2008 issue of LAWPRO Magazine. Get a retainer up front: The best way to ensure that you get paid in full at the end of a matter is to obtain a retainer at the matter’s start. After you and your client reach a...
[Law Practice Advisor] Announcing LoMac: A Resource and Community for Mac + iOS Legal Practitioners
Do you use a Mac or iOS device in your law practice? If so, you are part of a growing trend among solo and small firm lawyers. According to the ABA 2013 Legal Technology Survey Report, 23% of small law firms (2 to 9 attorneys) and 19% of solo practitioners surveyed use Apple laptops while13% of solo practitioners and 11% of small firms use Apple desktop computers. Notably, Apple usage is higher for solo and small firms than the industry average use of Apple computers (9% overall usage in the...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] The Best of Legal Tech for Solos and Small Firms 2014
This month's Digital Edge podcast covers "The Best of Legal Tech for Solos and Small Firms 2014." John Simek is our guest, who is the business partner and spouse of my podcast teammate, Sharon Nelson. Together with Michael C. Maschke,...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] The Breakdown: When Things Go Wrong
My most recent column in Law Practice magazine is titled The Breakdown: When Things Go Wrong. The inpiration for this was pretty simple. As my friends know, I have had a thing or two go wrong this year. But things...