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

[Avoid a Claim] New in the practicePRO Lending Library: The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook
In the 1990s and the earlier part of the last decade, computer security problems were mostly attributable to internal failings (mistakes in computer configuration, accidental loss of laptops, and some employee malfeasance), and to a lesser extent, malicious actions by outsiders. Most of these early security failures had limited impact. Back then, there were few organized, systematic, or sophisticated attacks on corporations’ computer security, and legal exposure, including that of law...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] A Checklist for Avoiding Conflicts on Lateral Lawyer Transfers
Lateral hiring of partners or associates occurs at firms of every size, and is becoming far more common. In addition to reviewing the transferring lawyer’s credentials and suitability, the transferring lawyer and firm will need to identify and deal with potential conflicts of interest that may arise with respect to clients at the transferring lawyer’s previous firm, and in particular, clients for whom the transferring lawyer worked. This critical task is not as easy as it might seem on first...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Kayano Kikuna and Kikuna Electric Co.
A West Virginia firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Kayano Kikuna of Kikuna Electric Co. looking to retain them with regards assisting on corporate matters, but in reality is likely a lead-up to a commercial debt collection scam or similar kind of scam. 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Lee Masamoto and Kubota Industry Group
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Lee Masamoto of Kubota Industry Group looking to retain them with regards assisting on corporate matters, but in reality is likely a lead-up to a commercial debt collection scam or similar kind of scam. 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...
[Law Technology Today] Dealing With Tech Frustrations
We wish Dine Law* had a nickel for each time tech support responded to our problems with, “Did you try turning it off and on?”  If you have ever asked an IT person for help with a technology problem, chances are you’ve heard this response in one form or another. Phones down . . . Did you try unplugging it and plugging it back in? Document Management not working . . . Did you try restarting your computer? Bluetooth not connecting . . . Did you try turning off the device off and rebooting?...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Mei Russell
Three U.S. lawyers have notified us that they received an email from the purported Mei Russell 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The Hidden Cost of No Show Appointments
Guest post by Shaun Clark, Prompt Appointment The average billing rate of a lawyer in Oregon is $242 per hour. So when a client fails to keep an appointment, you stand to lose a substantial amount in consultation fees. Add … Continue reading →
[Just Oregon Lawyers Blog] Rumpelstiltskin! What is the darn password again!
Believe it or not, the most common password is the word password. Before feeling smug about that unique password you created, think about how many sites where you have used it. Fess up; you are not alone. The aggravation of forgetting a password has led many people to use one password everywhere. The danger is that if a hacker comes upon your password and a list of your accounts, the hacker can try to enter these other accounts with the password already known. How could this happen? I will...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: Elder law
The January 2007 issue of LAWPRO Magazine focused on the practice implications of an aging clientele. For the legal profession, Canada’s aging population has huge ramifications. An aging client base will increase the focus on wills and estate planning, and lawyers must bring themselves up to speed with both the opportunities and the potential exposures that come with providing these services to older clients. At the same time, the majority of lawyers themselves are boomers, and lawyers...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] A Mary Poppins Moment
♫  If you reach for the heavens You get the stars thrown in Anthing can happen … go and chase your dreams you won’t regret it Anything can happen Anything can happen…♫ Music and Lyrics by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman.   Mary Poppins!  Now just what does she have to do with law practice management?  The Broadway Musical version is currently playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage in Vancouver and if you are looking for an absolutely charming show this...