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] Another Cyberattack on a Major U.S. Bank
Citizens Bank of PA has been hit by cyberattacks, according to an article in Philadelphia Business Journal.  In keeping with my previous post on this topic, “Cyberattacks on U.S. Banks – Are You Safe?” these attacks are still being blamed on Iran, despite their continued denial of involvement. Thus far the financial institutions have spent millions trying to shore up their security and ward off attacks.  At this point, they are requesting assistance of the U.S. government, according...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] CN v. McKercher LLP and Wallace Conflicts of Interest Case Submissions to SCC (Video)
An important case on the scope of the duty to avoid conflicts of interest, Canadian National Railway v. McKercher LLP and Gordon Wallace (on appeal from the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal), was heard by the Supreme Court of Canada on January 24. The Canadian Bar Association and the Federation of Law Societies appeared as interveners. You can watch video of the submissions here. You can review more information about the case, including the parties' factums, on the SCC site.
[Avoid a Claim] new in the practicePRO Lending Library: 2013 Solo & Small Firm Legal Technology Guide
This annual guide is the only one of its kind written to help solo and small firm lawyers find the best technology for their dollar. You’ll find the most current information and recommendations on computers, servers, networking equipment, legal software, printers, security products, smartphones, the iPad, and anything else a law office might need. It’s written in clear, easily understandable language to make implementation easier if you choose to do it yourself, or you can use it...
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam by Cochran Joe
An Ontario firm notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Cochran Joe looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This is similar to other frauds of this kind we have seen. For a full description of how this fraud works and to see other names attached to it, see our Confirmed Fraud page that deals with business loan frauds. Here is the email: From: cochran joe [mailto:cochranjoe7@gmail.com] Sent: Monday, January 28, 2013 7:23 AM To: lawyer...
[Law Technology Today] Wrapping it Up: Making Your Client Reports Better
Every present received, is “better” when it is nicely wrapped, and the same goes for reporting packages to clients, particularly in commercial transactions. Here are some tips you might wish to consider for presenting your reporting packages/closing books to your clients: 1. Create a Report Index Make a list of all the documents that were created or utilized in the particular transaction or matter.  If you already use a “Closing Agenda” in your transactions, it may be that such a document can...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Recovering Deleted Dropbox Files
File sharing and online collaboration is the driving force of Dropbox.  It does a stellar job in this area, but like all tools, remains subject to the human factor.  What if you, your staff, or someone with whom you are sharing a Dropbox folder accidentally deletes a file?  Most everyone has had this experience on their personal [...]
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Free Webinar – How to Use PDF/A in Federal Courts
On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 10:00 am Pacific Time, Acrobat for Legal Professionals will offer a FREE Webinar on PDF/A.  Federal courts and public agencies are moving toward use of PDF/A for all filing submissions.  Soon legal professionals will be obligated to use this format when efiling documents in the federal system.  Attend this [...]
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] 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:...
[Avoid a Claim] Fraud warning from a U.S. title insurance company
This is a warning from a U.S. title insurance company, advising that fraudsters are impersonating the company in an attempt to get real estate lawyers to divulge bank account information. This is less of an issue for Canadian real estate lawyers who still handle the transfer of money themselves (rather than using title insurer software), but it shows that criminal organizations are always trying to come up with new ways to dupe lawyers. It’s also a good reminder that one should always be...
[Law Practice Advisor] Outlook Email: Tips and Tricks
This week’s Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers E-Journal Law Practice Management Section Featured Practice Tip comes from LOMAP.  In this week’s tip, we provide a number of tips and tricks that will help you maximize the use of Outlook mail in your practice. Read the tip here.