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] Getting Attention for Your Legal Blog (An Excerpt from “Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers”
Adapted and excepted from Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers by Ernie Svenson, now available from LPM Publishing. Once you’ve created a blog, you want to drive traffic to it. But getting traffic isn’t enough; you also need to know how much traffic you get and where it comes from. Write Well The best way to get attention is to write great posts about interesting topics. Most important, avoid jargon; don’t use the writing style you use for legal briefs. Write crisp, readable sentences and you...
[Avoid a Claim] Resolutions to avoid fee disputes (and make more money)
Fees disputes commonly lead to unpaid accounts, Law Society complaints and/or malpractice claims. For these reasons you should do your best to avoid fee disputes with your clients. Here are some simple resolutions that will help you accomplish this: I will get a sufficient retainer at the start of a matter: At the start of the matter ask for a retainer that is sufficient to do all of the initial work on the matter. Ask for a retainer that will cover all the work – asking for less gives the...
[The Last Word] Pick My Own Judge? Really?
If you have questions about private judges and how this new system to help expedite the resolution of certain types of cases will work, this short article by Judy Keegan of the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution is worth a quick read:s YOU PICK THE JUDGE: THE NEW ALABAMA PRIVATE JUDGES ROSTER Earlier this year, [...]
[PA Law Practice Management] Newsletters are Only Valuable When They Deliver Timely Information That’s Useful
We’re all tired of getting newsletters containing information which we’ve already gotten from several sources.  If it isn’t timely, don’t bother.  And usually it’s written in unintelligible legalese.  That makes it useless for most prospects and clients.  Unbelievably, most firms still don’t “get” who their audience really is.  They write in a style which only another attorney might understand.  And by the time the editing cycle is done —...
[Compujurist] 21 Tips for Google Calendar Power Users
Computerworld has published a Power through schedules with 21 Google Calendar tricks article. If you use Google Calendar, either the free consumer version or the paid Google Apps for Business version, it's worth taking a look at this list
[Avoid a Claim] AvoidaClaim wins Clawbie for Best Practice Management blog
AvoidaClaim.com is pleased to be one of the winners of the 2012 Clawbies, which honour the best in Canadian law blogs. We won for Best Practice Management blog. Click here to see the full list of winners and runners-up. There are some great blogs listed that you will definitely want to bookmark! Here is the announcement: It’s the rare blog that can truly be described as a “must read,” but Avoid A Claim by the Lawyers Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) fits that bill. Authored by legal...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Jan Johansson
A lawyer in Georgia and one in New York have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Jan Johansson 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: Subject: CONTRACT MATTER From: jan Johansson Date: Fri, December 14, 2012 4:41 pm To: undisclosed-recipients:; We seek an attorney who...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Resolutions to Capture More Time (And Make More Money)
With technology and a few tricks, you can increase your billable time by catching more of the actual time you spend on tasks. This gives you more time to bill, which will ultimately transfer to a better bottom line. Here are some of the best ways you can use technology to capture and bill more time: I will use electronic timesheets and enter my own time: Paper timesheets are error-prone and inefficient because they require double entry. The efficiency, extra speed, and greater accuracy of...
[Avoid a Claim] Resolutions to avoid family law claims
I will make better use of checklists and reporting letters: Family law involves complex documents that deal with complicated issues involving emotional clients. There are many risks of errors by the lawyer, and misunderstandings by the client. LAWPRO’s new Domestic Contracts Matter Toolkit has checklists and forms that contain points and questions lawyers should systematically consider as they conduct the initial interview on a domestic contract matter and when they meet with the client to...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO’s top articles on Twitter in 2012
2012 saw @LAWPRO and @practicePRO getting more active in tweeting the content we offer lawyers. Here are the 10 most popular articles and resources based on clicks and retweets in the past 12 months. Common mistakes we see real estate #lawyers make and how to avoid them Essential LinkedIn dos and donts for law students Book review from our latest magazine: cloud computing for lawyers Family lawyers answer our question: what keeps you up at night? Student to lawyer – 20 tips for a...