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] Business debt collection scam by Gary Seiders
An Ontario lawyer has notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Gary Seiders looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This is similar to other frauds of this kind we have seen. For a full description of how this fraud works and to see other names attached to it, see our Confirmed Fraud page that deals with business loan frauds. Here is the email: From: Gary Seiders [mailto:seidersauction@gmail.com] Sent: Friday, March 29, 2013 3:36 PM To...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Hiroshi Kitagawa of Eta Electric Industry Co.
An Ontario lawyer and a lawyer in Pennsylvania notified us that they have received an email from the purported Hiroshi Kitagawa of Eta Electric Industry Co. with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet. Here is the initial email: From: Eta Electric Industry Co Ltd [mailto:etaelectricindustrycoltd@gmail.com] Sent: Friday, March 29,...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Encryption, Privacy and the Dark Side of the Internet
Encryption, Privacy and the Dark Side of the Internet was written by Duane Croft, a Norman, Oklahoma lawyer with an engineering background. This Oklahoma Bar Journal article covers encryption in depth, while still being readable for the lawyer with only...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Are You Using the New Model Contingent Fee Agreement Explanation?
Effective January 1, 2013, Oregon RPC 1.8(e) was amended to follow the corresponding ABA Model Rule.  Lawyers are now expressly allowed to provide financial assistance in the form of advancing court costs and expenses of litigation, the repayment of which may be contingent on the outcome of the matter.  Lawyers are also permitted to pay court costs and [...]
[Law Technology Today] ABA TECHSHOW Link Roundup
ABA TECHSHOW is less than a week away! To prepare, we thought it would be helpful to round up a few links discussing what to expect this year. InsideLegal lists must see attractions of the conference Jason Wilson lists the vendors he’s excited (and curious) to see this year Putting Your iPad to Work at ABA TECHSHOW Meet ABA TECHSHOW 2013 Keynote Speaker David Pogue Check out the ABA TECHSHOW 2013 Book Preview   MacSparky provides a concise, well-written description of the conference The...
[Law Practice Advisor] Guest Post: The Legal Ethics of Cloud Computing in Massachusetts
Judging from the number of questions we get on the topic here at LOMAP, it’s clear that lawyers retain an abiding interest in cloud services, due, in large part, to the increased efficiency and flexibility cloud services purport to provide.  However, a number of attorneys I speak to are reluctant to use the cloud; and, that reticence is most often based on ethics and/or confidentiality concerns.  Previously, in this space, we’ve addressed a component of this question: whether and how to acquire...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: Billing Information Document
As a supplement to her article Dealing with Difficult Clients, Carole Curtis (now Justice Carole Curtis) provided practicePRO with her Billing Information Document that was given to new clients at the start of her retainer. It explains to the new client the nature of hourly rates, disbursements, retainers, and other factors that go into determining “how much will my case cost?”. It is provided for your consideration and use when drafting your own versions of these respective...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: Billing information document precedent
As a supplement to her article Dealing with Difficult Clients, Carole Curtis (now Justice Carole Curtis) provided practicePRO with her Billing Information Document that was given to new clients at the start of her retainer. It explains to the new client the nature of hourly rates, disbursements, retainers, and other factors that go into determining “how much will my case cost?”. It is provided for your consideration and use when drafting your own versions of these respective...
[Avoid a Claim] Limitation period clarified for family law constructive trust claims
By Nora Rock, corporate writer and policy analyst at LAWPRO The concept of constructive trust has long been used, in family law, to support the awarding of an interest in property to a common-law spouse who is not on title. While the concept of the matrimonial home exists to ensure that married spouses share in the family home on marriage breakdown, the matrimonial home rules do not apply to common-law spouses. However, many common-law spouses contribute to the family economy in such a way,...
[Law Technology Today] Cloud Computing Ethics Compared: New Hampshire
In February of this year, yet another state issued an opinion on the cloud: New Hampshire.  With Ethics Committee Advisory Opinion #2012-13/4, New Hampshire joined a number of other states in finding nothing inherently wrong with cloud computing.  Their opinion did, however, stress the necessity of lawyers taking steps to comply with the rules of professional conduct when moving sensitive data into the cloud. The ABA Legal Technology Resource Center has updated its comparison chart of ethics...