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 using the names David Norman and Moog Components Group Ltd
A Washington State firm notified us that they received an email from the purported David Norman of Moog Components Group Ltd 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...
[Law Technology Today] Four Points of Keeper Security
I had an informative chat with Keeper Security CEO Darren Guccione at Chicago Techweek. It’s description says it’s “a secure and easy-to-use password manage and file-vault.” Made me think of LastPass and 1Password. Digging a little deeper, however, Keeper Security is more like LastPass and Dropbox on encryption and security steroids, with Mission:Impossible self destruct mechanisms. I wanted to know more, and here are three take-aways from my talk with Guccione. Security...
[Law Practice Advisor] Fast Five: Twitter Tips for Beginners
HIGH-FIVE (Photo credit: Keoki Seu) It seems like more and more lawyers are interested in joining Twitter. If you’re one of them, you’ll want to start strong, because a lot of people don’t. Here are five tips for starting your journey from Twitter beginner to maestro. (1) Use a professional headshot for your avatar. Don’t be an egghead . . . or, take a bad selfie . . . or, do any of these (latter) things. (2) Create one profile for your name, and one for your firm name, even if you don’t ever...

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[Avoid a Claim] Monthly fraud summary for June 2014
June had slightly fewer forwarded emails from lawyers than the previous month (279 down from 361 in April). We posted 20 new fraud warnings, which were all but one “commercial debt collection” scams. 62% of the emails this month came from the U.S., 27% from Ontario, 6% from elsewhere in Canada and 5% from overseas. Here is the latest that map showing where emails to ‘fraudinfo@lawpro.ca’ orginated. (click to enlarge) Here are the email fraud posts we did in June sorted by scenario...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan collection scam using the name Mohammad Sabtu
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Mohammad Sabtu 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 of an...
[Law Technology Today] Depositions: The Final Paper Frontier
Most depositions are conducted in-person, with clunky machinery, an old-fashioned stenographer and, most importantly, stacks upon stacks of paper. Medical records, business records, tax returns. All produced in hard copy, many times over, on the conference room table. Not to mention the fact that in-person attendance for all attorneys makes scheduling depositions nearly impossible. The technology exists to make this process more affordable, more streamlined, more efficient, and more...
[Law Technology Today] Mentoring: From Mentee to Mentor
Mentors are a great resource who can help bridge the gap between being a law student and being a well-rounded, experienced attorney. Many people look at mentors as a one-sided relationship: the mentor provides advice, answers questions and may even send some referrals to the mentee. Being on both sides of the mentor-mentee relationship, I can tell you the relationship is, or at least should be, mutually beneficial. After law school, I accepted a clerkship position with a local Circuit Court. It...
[PA Law Practice Management] Can You Deduct Business Expenses Combined With Vacation Activity?
It’s common practice to  add some vacation activity to  a business trip to help defray the cost.  When and to what extent is it really deductible?  Today’s post is written by guest blogger Patti S. Spencer, Esquire Patti Spencer Patti is a nationally recognized Trusts, Estates and Taxation Lawyer, Writer and Expert Witness. Her areas of concentration include trusts, estate administration, settlement, and planning, as well as, inheritance tax, fiduciary liability,  and tax planning...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Can a Criminal Conviction Make Your Client Inadmissible for Residency/citizenship?
Where a client charged with a serious crime is a non-citizen of Canada and is hoping to obtain resident status, criminal lawyers should be aware that recent changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) raise special plea and sentencing considerations. The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act On June 19, 2013, amendments to the IRPA made by Bill C-43, the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, came into force. Among other things, the amendments render inadmissible – without...
[Avoid a Claim] New in the practicePRO Lending Library: Android Apps in One Hour for Lawyers
Lawyers are already using Android devices to make phone calls, check e-mail, and send text messages. After the addition of several key apps, Android smartphones or tablets can also help run a law practice. From the more than 800,000 apps currently available, Android Apps in One Hour for Lawyers highlights the “best of the best” apps that will allow you to practice law from your mobile device. In just one hour, this book will describe how to buy, install, and update Android apps,...