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 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...
[Avoid a Claim] 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The Ethics of ACH Payments for Law Firms
ACH payments – electronic payments made from one account to another through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Network – are becoming increasingly popular among law firms.  Why is ACH so appealing? First, ACH payments are received more quickly and reliably.  Consider the typical paper transaction: law firm generates a bill and mails it to client.  Client receives [...]
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Two More Fake Law Firms Discovered – Now 4 in Total (3 in Toronto and 1 in Ghana)
Further to our post on AvoidAClaim yesterday (Fake Toronto law firms tied to an international inheritance collection scam), we have discovered another fake Toronto firm and another fake firm purportedly in Ghana. All four of these firms have websites are all virtually identical. The names and URLs for the fake firms are as follows: Hubbel and Steven LLP hubbelsteven.com Vaughan and Palmer www.vaughanandpalmer.com/index Farrell Mallon and Co Solicitors farrellmalonlaws.com/partners/index.html...
[Avoid a Claim] Two more fake law firms discovered – now 4 in total (3 in Toronto and 1 in Ghana)
Further to our post on AvoidAClaim yesterday (Fake Toronto law firms tied to an international inheritance collection scam), we have discovered another fake Toronto firm and another fake firm purportedly in Ghana. All four of these firms have websites are all virtually identical. The names and URLs for the fake firms are as follows: Hubbel and Steven LLP hubbelsteven.com Vaughan and Palmer www.vaughanandpalmer.com Farrell Mallon and Co Solicitors farrellmalonlaws.com William Mensah Chambers...
[Law Practice Advisor] Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot, Season 3: The Best of the Guests (2012)
Compilation post 2 of 2.  (1 of 2).  Ah, ‘tis the Season(ing)!  We’ll have some hot stuff for you for much of the remainder of 2013 here at the LOMAP Blog; but, for now, we still be reminiscing. Each year, at around this time, I endeavor to collect the very best of our guest blog posts from the past year, ordering them up into this here catalogue, but without the sing-songy goodness of my general ‘best of’ collection, mostly because that’s a Christmastime thing, and this is a...
[Law Practice Advisor] Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot, Season 3: The Best of the Guests (2012)
Compilation post 2 of 2.  (1 of 2).  Ah, ‘tis the Season(ing)!  We’ll have some hot stuff for you for much of the remainder of 2013 here at the LOMAP Blog; but, for now, we still be reminiscing. Each year, at around this time, I endeavor to collect the very best of our guest blog posts from the past year, ordering them up into this here catalogue, but without the sing-songy goodness of my general ‘best of’ collection, mostly because that’s a Christmastimething, and this is a New Year’s thing...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Resolutions to Avoid Wills and Estates Claims
I will ask more probing questions when meeting with a client to prepare a will: Too many lawyers are not asking the questions that could uncover facts that could cause problems later, or making clear to the client what information they need to provide. Was there a prior will? Are all the beneficiaries identified correctly? What about gift-overs? Were all assets identified, and how are they registered? Was there a previous marriage? Ask, ask, ask. And then do a reporting letter to confirm...
[Avoid a Claim] Resolutions to avoid wills and estates claims
I will ask more probing questions when meeting with a client to prepare a will: Too many lawyers are not asking the questions that could uncover facts that could cause problems later, or making clear to the client what information they need to provide. Was there a prior will? Are all the beneficiaries identified correctly? What about gift-overs? Were all assets identified, and how are they registered? Was there a previous marriage? Ask, ask, ask. And then do a reporting letter to confirm...
[Avoid a Claim] Two fake Toronto law firms tied to an international inheritance collection scam
A Toronto lawyer has informed us of a scam involving fake Toronto law firms being used to lend legitimacy to an inheritance collection scam. This lawyer received a call from a Hungarian law firm (who had dealt with him before), whose Hungarian client had been notified by mail of a multi-million dollar inheritance waiting to be collected in Ontario. The client had been told that the (non-existent) Toronto firm of “Hubbel and Steven LLP” was holding the estate money, and that $68,...