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] Keeping your passwords strong and secure
Computer passwords are the keys that “unlock” our computer and network systems. We all have more passwords than we can remember. This tends to make us a bit lazy. We use obvious and easy-to-remember passwords – even the word “password” itself. Or worse: we don’t use them at all. Bad password habits are often one of the weakest links in data security schemes. Cyber criminals know and exploit this fact. For this reason it is critical that all lawyers and staff in a law office use passwords, and...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Strategies for Coping in Difficult Financial Times
Money is a significant source of stress for many of us.  Lawyers who are unemployed or underemployed understand the pressure all too well. If you feel stressed by lack of money, how can you get on track?  Meet your goals?  … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Living in Multiple Tech Worlds: Windows, Mac and Android
The rise of cloud computing has made it easier for lawyers to live in multiple tech worlds, whether it’s Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android. This phenomenon is becoming a trend that affects many people and is changing how we think about, talk about, and use technology. On this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss living in multiple tech worlds simultaneously, how this changes our experience of technology, and practical ways to prepare and adjust...
[SC Small Firm] Protect your eyes!
The average attorney spends much of the work day staring at a computer, tablet, or smartphone screen. Eye doctors caution that all of that screen time may put users at risk for increasing myopia (nearsightedness) and may even lead to long-term problems like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to protect your eyes from strain. For every 20 minutes you spend looking at your computer screen, try to remember to look into the distance for...

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[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] The Importance of Reporting Letters
This article is by Nora Rock, corporate writer and policy analyst at LAWPRO From both a client communication and a claims prevention perspective, reporting letters may be among the most important documents in a lawyer’s file. Reporting letters support client communication by describing the work that has been completed and the results achieved. Good reporting letters should also communicate whether any issues remain to be resolved or tasks require completion – and whose responsibility it is to...
[Law Technology Today] Increase Small Law Firm Profitability (Sponsored)
Earlier this year, Georgetown University Law Center and Peer Monitor announced their “2014 Report on the State of the Legal Market,” which conveyed the situation of many law firms in simple economic terms: supply outweighs demand. Just as with widgets and the price of eggs, high supply and low demand means that the cost of legal services—what your clients are willing to pay—is driven down. How can a small law firm stay profitable as the cost of doing business rises, but the price that you can...
[Law Practice Advisor] Be SMART About Your Goals
Last year at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Sole Practitioner & Small Firm Section Symposium, in the midst of a presentation about goal setting, I gave my audience a task:  to write down three goals for the next week.  The purpose of this exercise was to force the attendees to formulate and memorialize their goals, and thereby increase the chances that they would actually achieve those goals within the next week.  Goal setting in your practice should not be overlooked.  It is...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Lawrence Stevenson and Davro Steel Company
Firms in Illinois and Texas have notified us that they received an email from the purported Lawrence Stevenson of Davro Steel Company 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam using the name Robertson Richard
A Massachusetts firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Robertson Richard 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Don’t accept every file that walks in the door
At the risk of sounding like a self-help book designed to help you find Mr. or Ms. Right, we’d like to remind you (the day before Valentine’s Day, no less!) that being selective about the clients you represent is an important claims-prevention strategy. Depending on your area of law and how established your practice, you may be tempted to dismiss this advice as being valid only for lawyers in the enviable position of having more referrals than time. But turning away clients that are a poor fit...