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] Separation agreement scam using the name Christopher Goetz
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] It’s All About Branding and Marketing
How can you highlight your unique abilities to attract potential clients?  Easy!  Take tips from the expert!  Personal Branding in One Hour for Lawyers tells you all you need to know.  Check out this blog post from Law Technology Today.  (Save … Continue reading →
[Avoid a Claim] New practicePRO Resource: Technology Use Policies and Resources
Written policies that clearly establish guidelines and requirements governing the acceptable use of firm technology can help reduce cyber exposures and give staff clear direction on what they are permitted and not permitted to do with law firm technology resources. Use these resources and sample policies to create polices for your firm (These resources supplement the information in the Cybercrime and Law Firms issue of LAWPRO Magazine): They model policies are also available in Word and RTF...
[Law Technology Today] Holiday Gift Ideas for Lawyers
Having a difficult time finding a good gift for a lawyer (or perhaps yourself) this holiday season? Fret no more! Reid Trautz recently posted his annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers. In its ninth year, Reid’s gift guide features interesting gadgets and tools that might appeal to tech savvy lawyers. This year he recommends items such as: a leather iPad brief a tiny personal tracking device a high-power portable charger (for the outdoorsy lawyers, perhaps?) USB Flash Drive cufflinks See...
[Law Practice Advisor] The Antidote to Malpractice Risk: Technology
Malpractice claims against attorneys are on the rise.  According to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, from 2008 to 2011, malpractice claims rose thirty percent.  Real estate, personal injury, and family law rank as the highest risk areas for malpractice claims.  Firms with two to five attorneys have the greatest risk of malpractice claims.  Common errors that lead to malpractice claims include:  substantive mistakes,...
[Avoid a Claim] Five client types to watch out for – there be dangers in these relationships
This article by Kathleen Waters, president and CEO of LAWPRO, originally appeared in the August 23, 2013 issue of The Lawyers Weekly published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. Fraud attempts come in many different forms. Some schemes (often the more transparent ones) rely on a “volume” approach: target as many lawyers as possible in the hope that a few are naïve or vulnerable enough to fall for the trap. But other fraudsters work patiently to create – or exploit – conditions that lower the guard of...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan fraud using the name Yaichi Kimura
A Colorado firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Yaichi Kimura 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] Encryption Made Easy: A Primer for Mac Users
By now (if you’ve read even one or two Law Technology Today posts), you know the importance of protecting your electronic data.  Encryption, of course, can be utilized to secure your data, and in some jurisdictions, is required to secure certain types of data.  If you are a Mac user, you can encrypt data with tools built into the Mac operating system.  This article describes the steps to encrypt documents, folders, hard drives, external drives, and backup devices using Mac OS X Mountain Lion....
[Law Technology Today] Sharon Nelson and John Simek review “LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers, Second Edition”
I loved the first edition of LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers by Dennis Kennedy and Allison Shields, but I am thrilled that there is a second edition. LinkedIn, like every other social media site, has changed so much that you need an up-to-date guide to make good use of LinkedIn as a lawyer. There are now more than 770,00 members of the legal profession using LinkedIn, so it is important to use it well. Most lawyers barely use it – they fill out their profiles (often not very fully, which makes...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Plan a Stress-Less Holiday – from the OAAP
Stressed about the holidays?  Consider these quick tips from the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program: First – A Reality Check The holidays are not really a competition It’s okay to say no. All holidays are celebrations of the good things of … Continue reading →