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 by C. J. B. Mason
Two lawyers in Ontario have notified us that they have received an email from the purported C. J. B. Mason 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: Cluny Lace Ltd To: Date: 07/03/2013 01:42 AM Subject: Litigation Lawyer/Attorney Dear Counsel, I need a Business/Commercial Litigation Lawyer/...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Connecting on Twitter
Social media has significantly adapted the way we communicate. For this reason, it is increasingly important for your law firm to not only have a social media presence, but to actually use it. One beneficial yet simple way to encourage two-way communication on Twitter is through the Follow Friday hashtag (#FF). Follow Friday is a great way to give a shout out to the people that either re-tweeted or followed you in the past week. If interaction is somewhat lacking one week, #FF could be used for...
[Avoid a Claim] Pro bono? But I’m in-house…
In a recent article for Canadian Lawyer, Gillian Marriott, executive director of Pro Bono Law Alberta encouraged lawyers working as in-house counsel to consider providing pro bono legal services. Corporate counsel sometimes hesitate to consider pro bono work, not due to any lack of empathy for the plight of those who need legal services they can’t afford, but because of a sense of distance from and unfamiliarity with the routines of private practice. However, as Marriott noted, the opportunity...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam by Valerie Zaira
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Valerie Zaira 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: Valerie Zaira [mailto:valerezairamail.oaep.go.th@oaep.go.th...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by John Joseph of Action Bonding & Insurance
A lawyer in Florida has notified us that they have received an email from the purported John Joseph of Action Bonding & Insurance 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. The name of the company is the same as that used in an earlier fraud attempt. Here is the initial email: From: John Joseph [mailto:john@...
[SC Small Firm] Trust Account Tips
Trust account problems are one of the top reasons lawyers are disciplined. A recent article titled Tips for Handling Client Funds by Mark Bassingthwaighte, a risk manager with ALPS, contains great tips for any lawyer who has a client trust account. Although this list does not include South Carolina-specific rules regarding trust accounts, it offers good advice on practices that will help you keep on top of trust accounts and out of trouble. S.C. Bar members should also review the guide Trust...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archive: What to do when partners, associates or staff commit fraud
At AvoidaClaim we regularly issue warnings about fraud attempts by fake clients. This article by David Debenham from the Fall 2008 issue of LAWPRO Magazine reminds lawyers to be aware of the possibility of fraud within the firm as well. Internal fraud has been very costly for LAWPRO. At the time of this article we’d seen two major multiple frauds by long-serving and trusted law clerks. The losses on these totalled $6 million. In one case the lawyer was simply duped by a staff person. In...
[Law Technology Today] The Internet of Things and Our Virtual Lives
The Internet of Things explains the virtual representation of objects on the web — like turning your car’s AC on from a smartphone app. Is it possible that soon the internet will be able to control our daily lives, down to resetting our alarm based on the train schedule we take to commute to work? Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about the possibilities and implications of the internet of things in our daily lives and in the legal field. The second portion of the show explains The Human...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Managing Business Cards
Business cards remain staples of networking, and for good reason. They are an efficient way to give out your contact information and are also a great way to keep track of who you’ve met and, with some organization, where you met them. That being said, business cards can also be frustrating in an era where the Rolodex has been replaced by the contacts app, and where the phone is often replaced with online communication. Here are some quick tips for managing your business cards: Renovate:...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Reidar Martinus of Bjordal IndustrierAS
A lawyer in North Carolina has notified us that they have received an email from the purported Reidar Martinus of Bjordal IndustrierAS 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: reidar.martinus@yahoo.com [mailto:reidar.martinus@yahoo.com] Sent: Friday, March 01, 2013 5:25 AM To: julie@hickory-lawyer...