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] Resolutions to Avoid Real Estate Claims
I will ensure I meet with my clients in person at least once: In most real estate practices the staff handle many aspects of the client’s matter. However, ultimate responsibility still lies with the supervising lawyer. Take the time to meet with the client in person to review the transaction and understand the client instructions, particularly with respect to the client’s intended uses of the property. Not every matter is straightforward, and you don’t want to have to be addressing a problem...
[Avoid a Claim] Breach of IP agreement scam by Long Jiang of GoerTek Inc
An Ontario lawyers has reported to us that he’s been contacted by the purported Long Jiang of GoerTek Inc. with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of an IP agreement. For details of how this scam works and to see other names associated with it, see our Confirmed Fraud page. Here is the initial email. From: Long Jiang [mailto:Jianglongg@gmail.com] Sent: January-18-13 9:29 PM To: Lawyer Name Subject: Legal Matter Dear Attorney, We have a breach of intellectual...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Collaboration Tools for Lawyers
♫ Boy, the way Glen Miller played. Songs that made the Hit Parade. Guys like us, we had it made. Those were the days!…♫ – Music and Lyrics by Charles Stouce and Lee Adams and recorded by Archie Bunker.     One of the big changes in the legal profession has been the switch to the lawyer as collaborator: with their colleagues, with their staff and not the least, with their clients. Part of this is due to the work of Thomas Friedman and his “The World is Flat” philosophy. Part...
[Law Practice Advisor] Website Essentials – Part I: Website Building Blocks
A few years ago, I may have spent this first paragraph trying to convince you that you need a website for your practice.  But, I suspect that if you are reading this post, you are far beyond that.  Building and maintaining a website for your practice is no longer just one of the many marketing tools available, but an essential tool.  Since we have that out of the way, let’s move on to why you are really reading this post, that is to learn how you go about creating a website, the...
[Law Practice Advisor] Website Essentials – Part I: Website Building Blocks
A few years ago, I may have spent this first paragraph trying to convince you that you need a website for your practice.  But, I suspect that if you are reading this post, you are far beyond that.  Building and maintaining a website for your practice is no longer just one of the many marketing tools available, but an essential tool.  Since we have that out of the way, let’s move on to why you are really reading this post, that is to learn how you go about creating a website, the essential...
[Law Technology Today] Do I Need a LinkedIn Premium Account?
“With a premium LinkedIn account you can send InMails to reach anyone on LinkedIn, get hundreds of additional search results, save and organize profiles, and see more information about who’s viewed your profile.” (Source: LinkedIn.com) One of my jobs is to guide, coach, and advise my clients, typically lawyers, law firm marketing teams, and admin professionals, in the use of social media for marketing and business development. In this role, I am often asked, “Should I pay to upgrade my...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Resolutions to Better Document Your Files
You can still find yourself being sued for malpractice, even if you have done everything correctly. A well-documented file can help to explain what work was done or to justify an account and can be a lifesaver when it comes to defending a malpractice claim. A good paper trail can help show what work was done on a file long after your direct and specific memories of the file have faded. Here are some resolutions you can make to help you keep a better-documented file: I will document the...
[Law Technology Today] Tech E-books for 2013
Resolve to maximize your technology skills with LPM’s cutting-edge e-books for your e-reader or iPad collection. LPM e-books are available on the ABA Webstore (for reading on all your devices and readers) and the iBookstore or iTunes (for Apple devices).  Download these titles today to enhance your understanding of mobile tech, social media, e-discovery, and more.   The 2013 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide This annual guide is the only one of its kind written to help solo...
[Avoid a Claim] Time to say goodbye to an employee?
This article is by Nora Rock, corporate writer/policy analyst at LAWPRO. You’ve tried clarification, reminders, warnings, patience and tolerance, maybe even retraining. But it isn’t working, and you both know it. Firing employees is not likely a task you took into consideration when you thought about becoming a lawyer; but here you are, an employer, in the position of having to fire an employee. It will never be pleasant; but there’s a right way and a wrong way. The wrong way can lead to...
[PA Law Practice Management] Hiring for One Set of Criteria and Firing for Another
Hiring is not a precise science.  Mistakes happen, and need prompt correction.  Firms rarely fire too quickly when a mistake is made.  Usually it’s the opposite, with the firm letting things drag out far too long.  It’s put off because firing is unpleasant, and also because it’s an irrefutable admission that the hiring was a mistake.  You can greatly increase your success rate by hiring based on the same criteria that lead you to fire. The fact that law firms typically hire...