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

[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] New Student Edition of LAWPRO Magazine Hits Law Schools This Week
The 2014 Student Edition of LAWPRO Magazine {“Moving Into Practice”) will be arriving in Ontario law schools this week. Its the second LAWPRO Magazine issue focused on providing students with resources to make the transition from student to lawyer. It also serves as an introduction to LAWPRO and our messages of claims prevention and practice management. Articles in the magazine include: What do law firms look for when hiring? Common practice pitfalls and how to avoid them Student-...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Word Pleading Templates for the Mac
Are you a Mac user looking for legal pleading templates?  It isn’t obvious, but any template designed in Windows should run on your Mac.  So don’t despair!  Microsoft offers several options here. In the search box, enter “Legal pleading paper.” … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Why Smokeball Chose Google Plus As Its Place To Hangout
We’re a fairly social bunch at Smokeball. The noise level in our office ranges from Debussy-quiet to Deep Purple-deafening. We like to talk a lot; about work, about ideas, about roadblocks, about which Spice Girl we would be in another life. Communication is a really important part of our culture. Keeping that in mind, we have two offices which are quite a distance apart. 9238 miles to be exact. With this distance comes disparate time zones. Sydney tends to be asleep when Chicago is having...
[Law Practice Advisor] Guest Post: Oh Baby x2! Preparing for Maternity and Family Leave as a Solo Practitioner
Elmo (Photo credit: JeepersMedia) Last week, we heard from family law attorney Alison Silber about her experience with maternity leave as a solo practitioner.  This week, Alexis B. Kaplan of the Law Offices of Alexis B. Kaplan, LLC writes about how she prepared and handled maternity leave in her solo practice.  Alexis focuses her practice around estate planning, probate, and guardianships.  Her practice is located downtown Boston and is in its third year.  She lives in Brighton with her...
[Law Technology Today] Check Fraud, Lawyer Scams and How to Avoid Them
In this edition of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway discuss check fraud with expert Dan Pinnington. Together, they reveal how lawyers are repeatedly falling into the trap of check fraudsters and what can be done to avoid it. Tune in for tips on how to spot a check fraudster in your practice or law firm. Pinnington is the Vice President of Claims Prevention and Stakeholder Relations at Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO). He is a prolific writer, speaker, and...
[Avoid a Claim] Computer virus locks up American law firm’s files
The ABA Journal has a story about a law firm falling victim to a cyber attack that locked up the firm’s computer files for ransom. Here’s the text of the article: The good news: No law firm or client data was taken. The bad news: Attorney Paul Goodson and his staff can’t access his Charlotte, N.C., law firm’s files after they were locked up by a computer virus, WSOC reports. Like other businesses in the city, the firm was targeted via email. Once an attachment was...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Ray Nishimoto and Sumitomo Chemical Co
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Ray Nishimoto of Sumitomo Chemical Co 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Kazuhiro Hirahara and Hinode Electric Co
A New York firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Kazuhiro Hirahara of Hinode Electric Co 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Would you take the bait in a phishing scam?
“Phishing” is one of the most common scams that cyber criminals use because it can produce spectacular results with very little effort or expense on the part of the hacker. Phishing involves the use of an email, text message or phone call that appears to come from a trusted source or institution, vendor or company, but is actually from a third-party impostor. Phishing messages are intended to trick you into giving cyber criminals your information by asking you to update or confirm personal or...
[Avoid a Claim] Employee injury settlement scam using the name Edwards Shirley
A California firm notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Edwards Shirley with regards to an employee injury settlement 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 received as payment from the debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation of how these frauds...