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 Technology Today] Them’s The (Email) Rules!
A couple of weeks ago our offices installed a brand-spanking new VoIP phone system.  I’ve been geeking out for the last little while, figuring out all the cool things we can do with the new system that we couldn’t do with the old one.  I love that I can log out of the phone at our desk, drive over to our other city office and log into a phone over there. Everything travels along to the new location with me – my extension, my voice mail, my direct line, phone customizations – all of it.  It’s as...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archives: Don’t Miss Family Law Issues When Drafting Wills!
We at LAWPRO have occasionally cautioned lawyers who specialize in one area of law about the dangers of dabbling in another, unfamiliar area. As a refreshing twist on that general advice, we’re reminding lawyers that while dabbling can be dangerous, KNOWING the law in another area is never a bad idea. When it comes to the intersection between wills and family law, it is essential that wills and estates practitioners maintain a basic working familiarity with family law issues so that certain...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The Best of TECHSHOW – Lesser Known Social Media Sites
In this “best of” ABA TECHSHOW post I feature the best tips, tricks, and insights for lesser known social media sites.  To get off on the right foot take heed of the following: Practical Advice for All Social Media Interaction Always present … Continue reading →
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] The Lender Client: Not Just a Third Wheel in a Purchase Transaction
It isn’t uncommon for real estate lawyers to be retained to act for both the purchaser of a property and the mortgage lender that is financing the purchase. However, a review of lender claims against lawyers for negligence suggests a misconception by some lawyers who believe that their only obligation to the lender client is to register the mortgage. The reality is that unless the lawyer’s retainer is explicitly limited to registering the mortgage (which should be confirmed in writing where...
[Avoid a Claim] In the practicePRO Lending Library: Making Partner
Becoming a partner in a law firm is a goal of many lawyers-an upper rung on the ladder of success. Most lawyers think they will make partner eventually, but in reality, many never reach this level. Do you know what you should and should not be doing? Do you really know what your chances are at your firm? Now, you no longer have to rely only on observation and gut instinct to take those next steps up. This concise, straightforward book looks at all the variables and provides detailed advice on...
[Law Technology Today] Avoid Mistakes with Time, Billing and Accounting Software
If your time, billing and accounting software isn’t integrated with your practice management software, it will cost you big time. Only AbacusLaw Gold has a BILL button everywhere you need it, so you can bill for phone calls, emails, documents, calendar events, and notes with just a click. The ABC’s of AbacusLaw Configuration Most lawyers start using AbacusLaw right out of the box. And most, at some point, wish they could configure it to their specific needs. Unlike any other law practice...
[Law Practice Advisor] Heartbreak Hill: Lawyers Should be Respectful in Marketing Following a Tragedy
There has been a long series of acts of terrorism against the United States, and the uniting colonies. As it now stands, those events can be said to begin and end in Boston; and, of course, that is always the hope: that senseless acts of coordinated violence against innocent and unsuspecting persons, like the Boston Marathon bombings, will finally come to an end. As children and adults are murdered and maimed, talking about it does very little, and yet very much; and, while the vague notion...
[Law Technology Today] Can PDFs Be Dangerous?
After Word documents, PDFs may be the most commonly exchanged file types for lawyers.  We use PDFs for letters, contracts, briefs, forms and bills.  But can those PDFs we download or receive so often harbor hidden dangers? The short answer is yes, as How-To Geek explores in a recent HTG Explains article: Why Does Chrome Say PDF Files Can Harm Your Computer? The helpful article runs through several features of the PDF format that can lead to security vulnerabilities, including its support for...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: Sample real estate retainer letter
TitlePLUS has on its website sample forms, letters and reports for the use of real estate lawyers. Among the useful documents there is a sample real estate retainer letter. It is provided for your consideration and use when drafting your own versions of these respective documents. It is not meant to be used “as is”. It should be adapted to reflect your firm’s procedures and policies, and will need to be modified to correspond to different areas of practice.
[PA Law Practice Management] Cyber Security and Data Privacy
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP just published a very sobering article on this topic.  The article is entitled “Cyber-security and Data Privacy Outlook and Review: 2013,” and it is probably one of the most comprehensive reviews on the status of lawsuits, regulatory changes, and breaches I’ve read to date.  It’s guaranteed to make you wince.  The good news — maybe I should say the only good news– is that this arena has the potential to create lots of...