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 Technology Today] ABA TECHSHOW Paid for Itself in the First Session
As the Office Administrator at a small law firm, I need to make technology decisions that are the most appropriate and cost effective for the practice. Despite this, I wasn’t sure that my attendance at ABA TECHSHOW was warranted. That changed almost immediately. My ABA TECHSHOW experience paid for itself in the very first session I attended, which was about the use of Styles in Microsoft Word. I immediately obtained a takeaway from that track which I can easily implement at my firm. While it...
[Avoid a Claim] “Resilience: Facing Life’s Challenges With Courage and Conviction” by Homewood Human Solutions
A lawyer that is low on resilience is thin-skinned, defensive, and easily wounded by criticism. Even small things, such as a client or a lawyer not returning his call, will offend him. The quote above is from Ian Hu’s recent post on resilience as a part of the lawyer personality. That post explains that resilience is a trait many lawyers score low in. This can sometimes have upsides (it makes them risk-averse on client matters) but frequently can leave the lawyer unable to effectively...
[Law Technology Today] Guidelines for an Effective Associate Training Program
The following is an excerpt from the Law Practice Division’s publication The Survival Guide to Implementing Effective Law Firm Management Strategies. A well-designed and properly implemented associate training program will pay huge dividends. There are two main issues. First, develop a training plan that will ensure that associates get up to speed quickly and are able to bring value to their client service efforts. In this market, sophisticated clients are skeptical about paying high ...
[Avoid a Claim] Risky VTB mortgage transactions in Barrie and Collingwood [LAWPRO Alert #2]
This is the text of an alert sent by LAWPRO to all Ontario lawyers on April 29, 2015. LAWPRO is warning Ontario real estate lawyers to be on the alert for risky vendor takeback mortgage transactions, some of which may be closing this week. There is a significant potential claims risk for lawyers involved in these transactions. On April 24 we sent a LAWPRO Alert email to lawyers in the Barrie and Collingwood regions about an individual who was involved in several transactions involving vendor...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Maverick Wan and Wan Import & Export
Two Ontario firms have notified us that they received an email from the purported Maverick Wan of Wan Import & Export 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Increased run-off insurance: A critical issue often overlooked in lawyers’ estate planning
When a lawyer passes away while still in active private practice, LAWPRO’s run-off coverage kicks in. While standard run-off may be enough coverage for lawyers who have been retired for several years (since potential claims will have had time to develop), it may not be sufficient for a lawyer who was practising full-time at the time of his or her death. Carol’s husband, a lawyer, passed away in 2010. When Carol reported her husband’s death to LAWPRO customer service, the program coordinator...
[Law Technology Today] ABA TECHSHOW: A View From the Expo Floor
I recently returned from the ABA’s 2015 TECHSHOW in Chicago. Once again, it was the place to be if you are interested in the latest in legal technology. As it was my sixth year at ABA TECHSHOW, I decided to concentrate on the Expo Hall this time. It did not fail to impress, with vendors that included some old favorites as well as some newcomers that might be the next upstart in a more crowded legal technology field. The vendors overall seemed to be happy with the engaged crowd, and the more-...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Inside the Lawyer’s Mind: Urgency
Following up on his previous posts on lawyers’ personality traits (autonomy and skepticism), Ian Hu (practicePRO and Claims Prevention Counsel at LAWPRO) discusses “urgency”, which measures a lawyer’s need to get things done and degree of impatience. Consultant Dr. Larry Richard states in his LAWPRO article that such lawyers are more likely to finish others’ sentences, jump to conclusions, and be impulsive. A lawyer with a high sense of urgency will complete tasks in a timely...
[Law Technology Today] Bridge the Gap: Knowledge Management Simplified
Nobody has time to read, process, or manage the information contained in 174 newspapers every single day—but that’s exactly the amount of data we’re bombarded with in a 24 hour period, according to a study by Dr. Martin Hilbert of the University of Southern California. There’s no need to tell you about the incessant stream of data you’re grappling with on a daily basis. However, there is a simple definition and approach to getting a grip on what knowledge is, and how managing it better...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The Ethics of Crowdfunding, Revisited
When we last visited the subject of crowdfunding in January, I pointed out some of the ethical barriers to this method of fund raising.  While much depends on the lawyer, crowdfunding could implicate: Improper communications concerning a lawyer’s services – Oregon … Continue reading →