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

[PA Law Practice Management] Dealing with Loss of a Loved One
This time of year brings the joy of the holidays, and often the devastating loss of loved ones.  Many elderly and ailing lose long-term battles at year-end.  Here in the northeast part of the U.S. we tend to think that the harshness of winter overcomes what little energy and determination remains.  But that fails to explain the phenomenon in other parts of the country.  I tend to think that there’s just a sense of closure provided as the year comes to an end.  It’s a time when those...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Resolutions for Stress Relief, Wellness and Balance
The life of a lawyer, especially a solo or small firm practitioner, is often stressful. Stress itself is not necessarily a bad thing; our body’s reaction to stress actually helps us to meet the sudden demands that we face as busy lawyers. However, too much stress too often becomes chronic stress, and takes its toll on our physical, mental and emotional well-being. That, in turn, affects our personal lives and our ability to serve our clients. The trick is to eliminate some of the stressors in...
[Avoid a Claim] Resolutions for better matter and file management
Effective file management provides the foundation for timely, valuable client service and appropriate management of client matters. Here are some resolutions to help you complete the critical steps in file management: I will complete a conflicts check before opening a file: Conflicts of interest can lead to ugly and expensive malpractice claims. The best time to catch and avoid a conflicts claim is during a thorough conflicts search before a file is opened. A thorough search looks for...
[Avoid a Claim] Resolutions to better set and control client expectations
Clients can be demanding and will sometimes have expectations that will be unreasonable. Unmet expectations, even if they are totally unreasonable, are a recipe for unhappy clients. Setting and controlling client expectations is one of the best things you can do to ensure that you have a happy and satisfied client at each stage and the conclusion of a matter. Follow these resolutions to better set and control your clients’ expectations: I will carefully explain how the matter will proceed:...
[PA Law Practice Management] A Nice “Soft Touch” for Clients and Prospects
It takes a whole lot of “touches” to turn a stranger into a prospect, and a prospect into a client.  And a whole lot more to hold onto precious clients.  Soft touches work well this time of year.  People are in the holiday spirit.  They are feeling sentimental.  So anything which touches the sweet spot of sentimentality gives an extra charge.  I find that the good old-fashioned holiday letter is especially appreciated. First, let’s start by defining what a “touch”...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Happy Holidays!
Thank you for your readership and your engagement.  Enjoy the holidays and stay safe! Until we meet again in 2013, Beverly
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] New Year's Resolutions for a Healthier Law Practice and a New You
The start of a new year is a time for self-reflection and self-improvement. Many of you will think about making changes in your personal and work lives. But while you all have good intentions, it can be difficult to break old habits, especially when you are running hard on the treadmill of a busy life and practice. So, to harness the good intentions you all have at this time of year we are going to post an excerpt every couple of days from our list of "New Year's resolutions for a...
[Avoid a Claim] Resolutions to avoid litigation claims
I will enter target dates a few days early to avoid last minute complications. Unforeseen circumstances can arise on the day a document needs to be filed. Setting your target date a few days before a deadline could prevent a snow storm, traffic jam or sick-at-home clerk resulting in a missed deadline. I will familiarize myself with the Limitations Act, 2002. We continue to see claims related to lawyers’ unfamiliarity with the new limitations rules. Take the time to review the rules and the...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] 2012 Clawbies!
♫ Shine a light shine a light Shine a light won’t you shine a light…♫ Lyrics by Bernie Taupin, music and recorded by Elton John. I have been remiss in not posting my nominations for the 2012 Clawbie awards. It gets harder each year, with so many good blogs starting and existing blogs continuing their wonderful work. My absolute favourite legal blog (and one that, in my opinion, should be on each Canadian lawyer’s *must read* list each day) is Slaw.ca.  Simon Fodden has...
[PA Law Practice Management] Unlimited FDIC Insurance on IOLTA Accounts Due to Expire
The unlimited FDIC Insurance coverage on IOLTA accounts is set to expire on December 31, 2012.  Coverage will revert to $250,000 per client per institution.  In an article in ABA Journal Law News Now, it was reported that a provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that provided for the unlimited coverage is scheduled to sunset on Dec. 31.  If Congress does not act, the amount of FDIC insurance available will be $250,000 per client, per financial institution, as long as the account is properly...