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] In the practicePRO Lending Library: How to Draft Bills Clients Rush to Pay
Nothing has a more dramatic and immediate impact on successful client relations and your bottom line as your approach to drafting bills. Motivated clients will pay their bills with a higher degree of reliability. Satisfied clients will help you to grow your practice. On the flip side, sending clients bills they feel are unfair or unjustified risks unpaid invoices, loss of clients, and missed client referrals. This book will help you communicate trust, confidence, and value to the client. The...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Avoid the Unintentional Expansion of Retainers
Here’s the scenario: A lawyer is retained to assist a client with a tort claim and an accident benefits claim. The client, meanwhile, has been informed that the long-term disability (LTD) benefits provided by her employer’s group plan are about to be terminated. In an effort to forestall the termination of benefits, she asks the lawyer to send a copy of a medical report that the lawyer has on file to the LTD insurer. The lawyer does so, enclosing a cover letter that reads “my client has...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] The Top Six Creativity Myths (and Truths)
♫ Every time you’re near I get creative…♫ Lyrics and Music by: Chris Porter/Howard New/Peter Gordeno, recorded by  Leon Jackson. This is another great guest post by Beth Flynn of the Ohio State University Leadership Center.  This time Beth is looking at Creativity (and leadership).   Myth 1:  Creativity is only needed at the top. TRUTH: In today’s business environment, creativity applies to everyone.   Myth 2:  People are creative (or not) depending on their job...
[Law Practice Advisor] Guest Post: Practice Interruptions Brought on by National Disasters: Unexpected Consequences and Getting Through
The Boston Marathon Bombings shook Boston last month.  No one affected by the tragedy has since experienced anything like normalcy, in the sense of things being ‘the way they used to be’ — and probably never will again.  Given the proximity of the blasts to businesses along the Marathon route, many local businesses, including law firms, were closed.  A number of attorneys were shut out of their physical offices for as long as two weeks after the bombings.  This is one attorney’s story:...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: checklist for engagement/retainer letter
Once you have decided that you are prepared to represent a client in a particular matter, you are ready to begin building a relationship with that client. Even if you already have a relationship with the client, but are taking on a new case, it is essential that you communicate with him or her to establish a mutual understanding of the nature and scope of the matter to be pursued. practicePRO’s Managing the Lawyer/Client Relationship booklet contains the following checklist you can use to...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Takagi Yumiko
An Ontario lawyer has notified us that he received an email from the purported Takagi Yumiko with regards to a commercial debt collection 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: Takagi Yumiko [mailto:takagi_yumiko@yahoo.com.hk] Sent: May-16-13 10:47 AM To: Subject: Legal Rep Dear Counsel, I am Takagi Yumiko and I am contacting your firm to...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam by Seina Bloomberg
Lawyers in D.C and Connecticut have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Seina Bloomberg with regards to a to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. 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: seinabl@iprimus.com.au [mailto:seinabl@iprimus...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Adriana Altosinno of Olivetti S.P.A
A lawyer in California has notified us that he received an email from the purported Adriana Altosinno of Olivetti S.P.A with regards to a commercial debt collection 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: Adriana Altosinno [mailto:adriana.altosinno@gmail.com] Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:53 PM To: Subject: Legal Rep We require your...
[Law Technology Today] Professional Development Issue: Law Practice Today, May 2013
The American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management section provides a monthly webzine, Law Practice Today, covering the latest topics in law practice management. May’s edition focuses on professional development and provides many helpful articles with tips and guidance on how to improve your work. Here are some highlights from this issue: Ethics Imperative to Business Development Learning “Professional development and marketing programs intersect in many ways—none more vital...
[Avoid a Claim] Ten SPECIFIC strategies for avoiding communication-based claims
Problems with lawyer-client communication are the number-one cause of claims reported to LAWPRO. The way to prevent these claims sounds simple enough: Remind lawyers to communicate better with their clients. However, appeals to “communicate better” can seem vague − or even a little “touchy-feely”. Need specifics? Consider the following list of practical strategies. These ten tips were chosen from Tim Lemieux’s article “Is anyone listening? Preventing communications claims” which appeared in the...