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] Avoiding Communications Claims in Family Law
No matter what the area of practice, the number one source of claims at LAWPRO is a breakdown in communication between the lawyer and client. Between 2008 and 2013, nearly 4,600 communications claims – an average of 762 a year – have been reported to LAWPRO. The total cost of these claims to date is about $158 million – and likely to rise as more recent years’ claims are resolved. In the Fall 2011 issue of LAWPRO Magazine we asked LAWPRO claims counsel with expertise in the various areas of law...
[Avoid a Claim] 2014 year in review for fraud warnings
2013 was the first year we started posting monthly statistics for our fraud-related blog posts and emails to fraudinfo@lawpro.ca. This has allowed us to track short term trends in certain kinds of scams, as well as look at the big picture at year’s end. Now that 2014 is over, how did it compare with 2013? We did 200 separate fraud-related blog posts (down from 252 in 2013) based on 3,400 emails to fraudinfo@lawpro.ca (about the same as the 3,500 received in 2013) from lawyers in Canada...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] A New Year – A New Opportunity
Each new year offers an opportunity for a fresh start.  A chance to do things differently to improve your life and your practice. If your goals for the new year include any of the following: Reducing your stress level Improving your office … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Google Calendars as a Timekeeping Tool
I am building a solo practice as part of an incubator program and, as such, my bottom line is crucial. In order to succeed, I have to be careful about the money that comes in as well as the money that goes back out. Therefore, when I first launched my practice, I knew it was important to optimize my income by using reliable and accurate timekeeping practices, but I also knew that I needed to find a system that was not unnecessarily expensive. This led me to develop a system to track my time...
[Law Practice Advisor] The Posts of Christmas Past: Our Best of 2014
  View image | gettyimages.com   It’s that time of year again . . . when we select our very best blog posts from the preceding year. Amazingly enough, this will be our 6th annual version of this post. That’s a lot of blog posts to have chosen from; but, we try to exercise our very best judgment, each and every year. Just forty-four years on, and we’ll have tied Rudolph himself for longevity. As we have always done, we will once again select the best post from each month of the past...
[Law Technology Today] Finding Hybrids in the Legal Industry
The premise of the TV show Vampire Diaries is that there are vampires, werewolves, and witches living among us, only we don’t know it because they blend into our surroundings by adopting the human mannerisms, clothing, gadgets, and other material things considered “normal” for the century. I’ve viewed the show as a commentary on addiction (swapping drinking human blood for alcohol), and the psychological cycle of survival (one traumatic experience after another). If...
[Law Technology Today] How to Control your Social Media Strategy
Two words: social media. Those words are met with either a holler, or silence. Both responses are understandable since, well, social media can be very overwhelming. But most lawyers know that engaging with others on social media is not optional anymore. What to do? You need a social media strategy; a method to help decide where, when, and what to post. Post to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, and all other mediums? How many reposts, “likes,” or comments are the right...
[Law Technology Today] How to Tune Up Your Billing System
Getting a physical is an important part of everyone’s life. You need to look at the important parts of your body like the blood, the heart, etc. Just like your body, your law firm has parts that are vital to its health—none more important than your billing system. Time accounting and billing is the lifeblood of your firm. Without timely and accurate billing efforts, you will work harder than you should at less money than you should make. We do what are called “systems audits”...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Akio Kohri and Adeka Corporation
A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Akio Kohri of Adeka Corporation 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 more of...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] 2014 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
♫ Have a holly, jolly Christmas; It’s the best time of the year I don’t know if there’ll be snow but have a cup of cheer Have a holly, jolly Christmas; And when you walk down the street Say Hello to friends you know and everyone you meet..♫ Lyrics and Music by Johnny Marks, recorded by Burl Ives. As in past years we would like to (finally!) take a moment from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and wish everyone the Best of the Holidays and a Happy New Year!  This year...