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] Top 10 Simple Things Every Computer User Should Know How to Do
A few weeks ago LifeHacker posted the “Top 10 Simple Things Every Computer User Should Know How to Do” to its LifeHacker Top 10 collection. I had this post on my list to post personally and for LAWPRO and practicePRO’s follower’s today, but decided I would give it a mention on SLAW as I think that the advice in it is just so critical to every computer user. This is a must read post. The steps mentioned are simple to do and they will save your bacon in the event you experience one of the more...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Adobe Acrobat Initial View
With just a few clicks, you can control how your PDFs will look when they’re opened by clients, colleagues, or the court.  Do you want the detailed bookmarks you’ve added to be shown immediately? Do you want the document to be zoomed in so the text is legible or zoomed out so the recipient can see the entire page at a glance? Do you want to hide the menus or toolbars entirely? The key to these settings is the Initial View menu, which is accessed as follows: Adobe Acrobat Initial...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Marking Up Contract Lawyer Fees
Can a law firm ethically ”markup” fees charged by a contract lawyer?  An interesting question, and one I have been asked more than once in my time as a practice management advisor. In her article, Choosing a Contract Attorney: Tips for Establishing a Working Relationship, Heidi Strauch notes: “The ABA addresses surcharges to the client for [...]
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Peng Chen of Wuhan Iron & Steel (Group) Corporation
Two lawyers in Ontario have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Peng Chen of Wuhan Iron & Steel (Group) Corporation 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: Verne C. Bechill [mailto:bechill@alma.edu] Sent: September-24-12 9:35 AM To: undisclosed-recipients...
[Law Practice Advisor] Group Psychology: Focus Groups Can Help Attorneys to Launch Marketing Projects
This week’s Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers E-Journal Law Practice Management Section Featured Practice Tip comes from LOMAP. In this week’s tip, we’re focusing on a general business technique that is potentially useful for lawyers seeking to vet their marketing ideas. Read the Tip here.
[PA Law Practice Management] Is It a Bird? A Train? Lawyers Who Leap Buildings in a Single Bound
There are so many designations nowadays for lawyers.  Super Lawyers is at the top:  those who wear a cape and are able to leap over buildings (or at least adversaries) in a single bound.  Best Of Lawyers.  AV rated lawyers.  A dizzying array of seemingly distinguishing designations.  The question of ethically advertising them, though, is still being asked.  As recently as yesterday, in fact.   And the answers are being largely ignored.  Mostly because so many attorneys have already ignored the...
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam by Ken Moore
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Ken Moore looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This is similar to other frauds of this kind we have seen. For a full description of how this fraud works and to see other names attached to it, see our Confirmed Fraud page that deals with business loan frauds. Here is the email: From: Ken Moore To: lawyer email Date: 09/20/2012 10:08 PM Subject...
[Law Technology Today] Wisconsin Weighs in on Metadata Ethics
As we wrote earlier this year, metadata — the hidden information in electronic files — is a significant concern for lawyers.  Metadata can contain important and revealing information ranging from the document’s origins to detailed records of changes and comments left during the document’s creation.  If proper care isn’t taken, a lawyer can easily reveal confidential information to opposing counsel and/or third parties by circulating metadata-laced electronic files...
[Law Technology Today] Brainstorming, Tablet Style: An Excerpt from “iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Second Edition”
Adapted and excerpted from Tom Mighell’s iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Second Edition, now available from LPM Publishing. Lawyers do a lot of brainstorming—strategizing on trial tactics, laying out an action plan for an upcoming transaction, or just developing a business plan for a law practice. In recent years mind-mapping software has become a popular way of facilitating the brainstorming process. Mind map is defined by Wikipedia as “a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or...
[Avoid a Claim] Fraud emails now referencing the “Lawyer Referral Service”
The Law Society of Upper Canada has advised us that at least one Ontario lawyer has been targetted with a tradtional bad cheque scam that indicated that the fraudster found the lawyer through the “Lawyer Referral Service”. This may be a new tactic to convince Ontario lawyers that the emails are legitimate. This particular fraud was the Abraham Yuzuki business debt collection scam, though there may be others we haven’t seen yet. The Law Society points out that the name...