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

[The Last Word] Formal Ethics Opinion on BP Claims Issued
Most of us would like to forget the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, and all of the damage done to the Gulf of Mexico as a result. Unfortunately, the claims process for compensating those who live on the gulf or depend on it for their livelihood continues, and some of the ways in which […]
[SC Small Firm] Gmail’s New Inbox Tabs
Gmail recently revamped its inbox. Now, when you log into your account, you have several “tabs” instead of just your traditional inbox. Your incoming mail is categorized and filed behind one of these tabs. If you’re like me and don’t like the idea of Gmail categorizing your mail for you, it is pretty easy to disable the tabs and go back to the traditional inbox display. To switch back to the traditional Gmail Inbox, click the + sign next to the last tab. Then, a small...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Practice Pitfalls: Beware the Desperate Client in a Personal Injury Matter
In the September 2010 issue of LAWPRO Magazine, we asked our claims counsel about what they feel are the biggest malpractice hazards in each area of law based on the claims files they work on every day. Here is an excerpt from that article dealing with clients who urge a quick settlement. Click here to read the full article "Practice Pitfalls". “Many plaintiffs’ lawyers fall victim to clients who desperately need money in the early stages of a personal injury lawsuit,” says Cynthia...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Huan Song
A lawyer in Puerto Rico notified us that he received an email from the purported Huan Song looking to retain him 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan collection scam using the name Jeffery Maurice
An Ontario lawyer notified us that he received an email from the purported Jeffery Maurince looking to retain him with regards to a breach of a business loan 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 Page for more of an...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Lily Aoki
Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Lily Aoki 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...
[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...