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] Commercial debt collection scam using the name Shawn Caver
A Texas firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Shawn Caver 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 explanation of how...
[Avoid a Claim] Breach of IP agreement scam using the names Jyoung Josh and Ikeda Publishing
A firm in Maryland has reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Jyoung Josh of Ikeda Publishing Co with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of an IP 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 party in breach of the agreement (who is also part...
[Law Technology Today] Securing Your PDF Files (Free Book Excerpt from “Adobe Acrobat in One Hour for Lawyers”)
Excerpted and adapted from Adobe Acrobat in One Hour for Lawyers by Ernie Svenson, published by the ABA Law Practice Division. PDF files are potentially more secure than paper documents, at least if you apply security to them. PDF security isn’t infallible, but it’s important for lawyers to know how to enable it, and to know what it can and can’t do. 1. Two Types of Security Acrobat allows you to lock down PDF files in two ways: (1) to prevent a user from opening a PDF without a “document open...
[Law Technology Today] Video: Virtual Law Firm Basics and Benefits
Technological advancements are changing client expectations and evolving the legal profession. In this webinar from the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center, sponsored by Clio, discover how virtual law firm tools can help you become more efficient and help small firms gain a competitive edge over larger firms. Thank you to our sponsor Clio. The post Video: Virtual Law Firm Basics and Benefits appeared first on Law Technology Today.
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Tales of Horror: Death of a Case by Admin Dismissal
The number of claims we’re seeing based on the administrative (Rule 48) dismissal of an action continues to grow at an alarming rate, as do the costs for these claims. As the new procedure for these dismissals becomes old news, courts are becoming less amenable to our repair efforts. The list of acceptable excuses for delay continues to shrink; the incidence of delay does not. Lawyers need to have reliable systems in place to identify languishing files, and need to take the initiative to move...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Thoughts on Fantasy Football and Lawyers
On crisp fall Sunday afternoons, many NFL fans are wrapped up in following football games-- on television and via mobile devices. Whether they watch in a sports bar or in their living room, they cheer loudly for the big plays....
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Thoughts on Fantasy Football and Lawyers
On crisp fall Sunday afternoons, many NFL fans are wrapped up in following football games-- on television and via mobile devices. Whether they watch in a sports bar or in their living room, they cheer loudly for the big plays....
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan collection scam using the name Drummond Sutherland
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Drummond Sutherland looking to retain them 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...
[Law Technology Today] Digital Signatures 101: Improve Efficiency and Security with Paperless Signing
With coworkers often on the road, telecommuting, or generally hard to catch in person, digital signatures are becoming more and more valuable, but what all should be considered when moving into this route, and where exactly is it appropriate to use a digital signature? These questions and more will be answered in the Legal Technology Resource Center’s free webinar sponsored by ARX. Join us on Tuesday, November 5th from 2:00p.m. to 2:30p.m. ET for Digital Signatures 101: Improve Efficiency...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Tales of Horror: The Phantom Client Returns…Again and Again
Recent LAWPRO claims have driven home to us the importance of formal retainer arrangements and avoiding the spectre of the phantom client. Unfortunately, these issues are not new. In 1991,William S. O’Hara wrote an article for the Law Society of Upper Canada Errors and Omissions Bulletin entitled “Beware of the Phantom Client.” He wrote: Of all the hazards of practising law in the late twentieth century none is more bone chilling than the phantom client who drifts into our office like an...