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] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Stephan Proennecke and DebioTech S.A.
Firms in Oklahoma and Texas notified us that they received an email from the purported Stephan Proennecke of DebioTech S.A. Limited looking to retain them with regards assisting on corporate matters, but in reality is likely a lead-up to a commercial debt collection scam or similar kind of scam. 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Marina Kitaya
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Marina Kitaya looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Employee injury settlement scam using the name Stephen Riches
A firm in Florida has notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Stephen Riches with regards to an employee injury settlement scam. 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 an explanation of how these...
[Law Technology Today] Tech Toys for the Holidays 2013
Just in time for the big holiday shopping days,  Sharon Nelson, Esq. and Jim Calloway present their annual Tech Toys for the Holidays episode of The Digital Edge podcast.  Sharon and Jim each present the top electronics on their wish lists and shopping lists for the gift-giving season. Tune in for inspiration and an update on the newest, coolest gadgets like smartphone spy lenses, doorbells connected via wifi, portable chargers powered by hydrogen and oxygen, and more. 2013 Tech Toys List...
[Law Practice Advisor] Limited Release: The Marketing Platform, Revealed!
(It’s not every day I use an exclamation point to punctuate a blog post title, right? This is probably important.) My list of life’s regrets looks something like this: (1) When I was in 2nd grade, I appended pictures to a posterboard for a science fair project, thereby inventing BOTH Pinterest AND Instagram. I never followed up on either idea. (Voice in my head: ‘YOU BLEW IT!!!!!’) (2) Karaoke. Shania Twain. (No. 1 Rule of Karaoke at Grand Buffet: the crowd gets what the crowd wants.) (3)...
[Avoid a Claim] Beware heavy-handed collection calls by fraudsters impersonating Ontario lawyers
An Ontario lawyer has reported to us that fraudsters have impersonated his firm in order to make threatening collection phone calls to members of the public on behalf of a loan company. The name of the fake firm closely resembles the real firm name, and the callers make reference to the town the real firm is located in. The phone number being used is 866-826-0002 ext 231, and in looking up that number on Google we found another lawyer’s name being used in the same scam. There could be...
[Avoid a Claim] New in the practicePRO Library: Adobe Acrobat in One Hour for Lawyers
Most lawyers now encounter PDFs, and many own Adobe Acrobat–the most widely used software for working with PDFs. But most are confused about how to work efficiently with PDFs. Adobe Acrobat in One Hour for Lawyers is written for lawyers and legal professionals who want to be more organized by making better use of PDFs. By reading this book you’ll learn to use Acrobat to: View PDFs the way you find most comfortable (zoom, rotate, etc.) Create searchable PDFs from Microsoft Word or...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] How to Strip Metadata in Two Easy Steps
There are many ways to strip metadata from documents: Using the built-in features of word processing software: in Word, Prepare > Inspect; in WordPerfect, File, Save Without Metadata… Removing hidden information or sanitizing a document in Acrobat (Tools > Protection) Third party products … Continue reading →
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] GTA Lawyers Take Note of New Motion Practice Direction (Toronto)
On November 18, 2013, the Toronto Motions Scheduling Unit circulated an email with details of a new scheduling policy. The contents of that message are as follows: Please make note of the following important new information for the Motions & Scheduling Unit: As of November 18, 2013, any date requisitioned for a motion will be vacated if the notice of motion is not filed with payment for the motion within 10 days after the motion has been scheduled. As of November 18, 2013, the motions...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resourec: Managing the Lawyer/Client Relationship
Lawyer/client communication-related errors are the biggest cause of malpractice claims. By cost and count, more than one-third of LAWPRO claims involved this type of error. Most claims arise out of fundamental failures in the lawyer/client relationship – failures such as inadequate client-case screening, poor communication and insufficient systems, trails and record-keeping. The Managing the Lawyer/Client Relationship guides you through the various stages of a relationship with a client...