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

[Law Practice Advisor] Guest Post: Lawyers Doing Business in Massachusetts: Must I File a D/B/A?
Today, we’re pleased to publish a guest post from Boston attorney Sofia Lingos, who represents small businesses and entrepreneurs, as the principal of the Lingos Law firm.  Sofia is also an adjunct professor at the Northeastern University School of Law.  For more information about Sofia and her practice, visit her bio page at her website, as well the section of her website describing her firm’s legal services.  Sofia, below, will provide the answer to a frequently asked question...
[PA Law Practice Management] More on Social Media and Privacy Legislation
While the connection of the phrase social media with the concept of privacy may seem to be an oxymoron, there are some fundamental constitutional principles which cement them together.   Think about free speech, freedom of association, and freedom from self-incrimination. In my last post entitled “Keep Your Nose Out of Employee Posts”  I mentioned the passage of new legislation in California designed to protect employee privacy rights regarding their social media accounts.  In today...
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam by Berlin Miller
A lawyer in Ontario and one in Arizona have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Berlin Miller with regards to a 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: Berlin Miller [mailto:millerlberlin@gmail.com] Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 1:46 AM To: undisclosed-recipients Subject: Re: Legal...
[Law Technology Today] Free Webinar: Effortless Searchability
Digital documents are abundant in modern law firms, from correspondence to evidence to forms libraries.  Navigating the maze of electronic files can mean a nightmare of inconsistent file names and indecipherable folder schemes. You can cut through many of those headaches by simply making sure your documents are searchable. In this free webinar, we’ll explore how documents from multiple disparate sources can be made fully searchable in legal practice management software. The result: based on...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Save with Online Comparison Shopping
When it comes to boosting the bottom line, firms usually focus on revenue.  Sophisticated time tracking tools are used to make sure no hour goes un-captured, while productivity improvements make attorneys more efficient and thereby free them to bill more hours or complete more flat-fee projects. But there’s another side to the equation: costs.  Firms can easily boost profitability by making smart investments in the goods and services the firm needs.  In the past, that meant spending a day...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Unbundling Legal Services The Latest Twist
In recent years I have blogged about the ethical dilemmas and potential malpractice exposure for lawyers who choose to unbundle legal services. As interested readers know, some states have “bona fide office rules” which prohibit or greatly limit operation of a virtual law practice.  While unbundling and virtual practice are not the same, they are connected and frequently co-exist. This leads me [...]
[Law Practice Advisor] Not Debatable: Everybody Wins When Lawyers Go Pro (Bono)
There’ll be two things you’ll need to know about me before we proceed: Thing 1: I was a collegiate debater.  Lincoln-Douglas was just about my style.  I was pretty good, actually.  People compared me to a young Dave Trumble, right down to an affinity for the plaid.  But, my team was even better: we were the national runner-up in 2000, losing the national championship by one point.  I’ve helped the team to the extent I’ve been able since I graduated college; and, the...
[SC Small Firm] Ransomware
A disturbing new scam is being reported by the FBI and news outlets, known as Ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malicious software (“malware”) that is infecting computers. It acts by locking or encrypting users’ data. Users see a message on their computer screen informing them that their data will be held until a ransom is paid. The price escalates for each day the ransom remains unpaid, and if the user refuses, it will be deleted. Unfortunately, this scam has already hit at least one law...
[Avoid a Claim] Seperation agreement scam by Bella Kyung
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Bella Kyung 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 details on how this fraud works and a full list of names attached to it see our Confirmed Fraud page. Here is the initial email: From: wwfpsh@brain.net.pk To: undisclosed-recipients:; Date: 22/10/2012 12:01 AM Subject: Counsel Dear Counsel, I wish...
[Law Technology Today] Manage the Transition to Paperless
Do you consider your law firm “paperless?” If not, understand the many benefits to working in a paperless office and how easy it is for lawyers to make the switch. Not only from a cost-savings perspective, a paperless office will save you time, encourage more efficient document management, and best of all – it’s a painless transition. Go from paper-full to paperless during the upcoming CLE program from the ABA Law Practice Management Section (LPM), How to Make Your Law Firm Paperless –...