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] Business loan collection scam using the name Wessler Hillary
A firm in Washington state notified us that they received an email from the purported Wessler Hillary 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...
[Law Practice Advisor] New HIPAA Rule, New Liability for Lawyers
Earlier this year, new HIPAA regulations were implemented under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule. The rule extends certain requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). Those requirements include privacy, security, enforcement and breach notification rules. Under the new rule, “business associates” and subcontractors are directly liable for compliance with HIPAA/...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Seeking Information for Law Enforcement on Bad Cheque Frauds Allegedly by Joe Mathewson
Law enforcement has contacted us seeking assistance in investigating bad cheque frauds by someone purporting to be Joe Mathewson. He is using the email address Joe111mathewson@gmail.com and the phone number 647-760-4059. The following UPS account numbers have been used on frauds: A82A95 F9236V and F88481. If any of the above information has come up in a matter you have handled or been approached for, please contact Tim immediately at fraudinfo@lawpro.ca or 416-596-4623 so we can gather further...
[Avoid a Claim] Seeking information for law enforcement on bad cheque frauds allegedly by Joe Mathewson
Law enforcement has contacted us seeking assistance in investigating bad cheque frauds by someone purporting to be Joe Mathewson. He is using the email address Joe111mathewson@gmail.com and the phone number 647-760-4059. The following UPS account numbers have been used on frauds: A82A95 F9236V and F88481. If any of the above information has come up in a matter you have handled or been approached for, please contact Tim immediately at fraudinfo@lawpro.ca ">fraudinfo@lawpro.ca or 416-596-4623...
[Law Technology Today] Create a LinkedIn Action Plan
Excerpted and adapted from LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers, Second Edition by Dennis Kennedy and Allison C. Shields, published by the ABA Law Practice Division. Participation on LinkedIn can help you identify and learn about poten­tial clients, strategic alliances, and referral sources, and these contacts can be a good way to get the word out about what you are doing, build relationships, and establish your expertise. As the “professional social network,” LinkedIn is a great entry point into...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Maki Kennedy
A lawyer in Ontario and one in South Carolina have notified us that they received an email from the purported Maki Kennedy 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...
[Law Technology Today] Virtual Law Firm Basics and Benefits
As new technology is introduced, client expectations change and the legal profession evolves. Virtual law firm tools can help lawyers adapt to these changes, and enable small law firms to grow quickly and compete effectively against larger law firms. In this 30 minute presentation sponsored by Clio, gain an understanding of what constitutes a virtual law firm, and the benefits and challenges of starting one. Join us on Tuesday, October 29th from 2:00p.m. to 2:30p.m. ET for Virtual Law Firm...
[Law Technology Today] Facebook Graph Search and Privacy
Facebook has been steadily making changes to privacy and security controls, including changes made to app permissions, untagging and removing photos, and adding privacy shortcuts in 2012. In March 2013, Facebook announced Graph Search. Facebook Graph Search is a Facebook specific search engine which allows you to search all of the things people have shared with you. If your post is set to ‘public’ that means that anyone can find it though a Facebook Graph Search. Your Graph Search results will...
[The Last Word] Commercial Transaction Checklist
I’ve long been a proponent of using checklists for everything. They are a great way to break a major undertaking down into easily digestible component parts and make sure that you don’t miss anything. Dan Pinnington at PracticePRO shared this checklist for commercial transactions today, and I’m passing it along. You’ll find other useful practice […]
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine article: Eight practical precautions to avoid Rule 48 claims
This is taken from Know How Administrative Dismissal Claims Happen, and Take Eight Steps To Immunize Yourself Against Them which appears in the September 2013 issue of LAWPRO Magazine. The article also contains the Dimissal Motions: What is the Test? chart by Debra Rolph, LAWPRO’s director of resarch. Rule 48 claims arise when it is alleged that the dismissal of a claim was due to the lawyer’s negligence with respect to either a defended (Rule 48.14) or an undefended (48.15) action. Many...