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] Inside the Lawyer’s Mind: Urgency
Following up on his previous posts on lawyers’ personality traits (autonomy and skepticism), Ian Hu (practicePRO and Claims Prevention Counsel at LAWPRO) discusses “urgency”, which measures a lawyer’s need to get things done and degree of impatience. Consultant Dr. Larry Richard states in his LAWPRO article that such lawyers are more likely to finish others’ sentences, jump to conclusions, and be impulsive. A lawyer with a high sense of urgency will complete tasks in a timely...
[Law Technology Today] Bridge the Gap: Knowledge Management Simplified
Nobody has time to read, process, or manage the information contained in 174 newspapers every single day—but that’s exactly the amount of data we’re bombarded with in a 24 hour period, according to a study by Dr. Martin Hilbert of the University of Southern California. There’s no need to tell you about the incessant stream of data you’re grappling with on a daily basis. However, there is a simple definition and approach to getting a grip on what knowledge is, and how managing it better...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The Ethics of Crowdfunding, Revisited
When we last visited the subject of crowdfunding in January, I pointed out some of the ethical barriers to this method of fund raising.  While much depends on the lawyer, crowdfunding could implicate: Improper communications concerning a lawyer’s services – Oregon … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Takeaways From My Fifth ABA TECHSHOW
This is the fifth ABA TECHSHOW I have attended. I met someone this time who recognized that I have been coming to TECHSHOW since I was a law student. Sometimes it really blows my mind when I am reminded of just how much I have learned and how many amazing people I have met over the past five years. It’s amazing how much I have learned in one year of actual practice, not just substantively, but also operationally (which includes using technology and manning the firm and running the...
[Avoid a Claim] Inside the Lawyer’s Mind Part 6 (Conclusion): Managing Our Traits
We have seen in this 6-part series that we, as lawyers, exhibit a number of traits that help us in the practice of law but hurt us in the management and business of a law firm. Lawyers tend to score high on measurements of skepticism, autonomy, and urgency, while scoring low on measurements of sociability and resilience. Taken together, we face an uphill battle to keep turnover low, keep colleagues happy, and maintain civility across the profession. I spoke with consultant and lawyerbrainblog....
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Murali Krishna and Allianz Marine Services
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Murali Krishna of Allianz Marine Services looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a 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 purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Kei Masa
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Kei Masa 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 Fraud...
[Law Practice Advisor] Secure Your Data: Bonus Guest Post, Tips for Reviewing Vender Service Agreements
  Credit: Flickr.com | Chris Messina In my latest Secure Your Data series post, I provided my top digital data security tips, including tip #7: Vetting Providers. This bonus guest post digs deeper into your due diligence obligations. Attorney Louise Leduc Kennedy, whose practice involves drafting and negotiating service contracts for online software companies, explains what attorneys should be looking for when reviewing these agreements and before committing to a particular service. Attorney...
[Avoid a Claim] New practicePRO resource: Wills & estates malpractice claims fact sheet
With such a large amount of claims prevention information availalable in LAWPRO Magazine articles and practicePRO resources, we had the idea to create simple fact sheets that CPD providers and others could use in developing their program material for specific areas of law. The latest in our series of “malpractice claims fact sheets” covers wills & estates law. We are also developing malpractice fact sheets for other areas of law. They include quick claims facts, the main...
[Avoid a Claim] Risky VTB mortgage transactions in Collingwood and Barrie
Thanks to calls from lawyers and an email warning sent by one of the county law associations, LAWPRO has become aware of an individual who is involved in several real estate transactions involving vendor take back (VTB) mortgages on properties in Barrie and Collingwood. We are aware of four transactions that share some common elements, and have a claims risk for the lawyers involved. Three of the deals came to lawyers through real estate agents they were familiar with. This individual was...