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

[Law Technology Today] Coming Soon: “iPad in One Hour for Litigators” by Tom Mighell
LPM is thrilled to be publishing iPad in One Hour for Litigators in February. Order your copy today with a 15% pre-publication discount! More and more lawyers are choosing to take their iPads to trial—with amazing results. Bestselling ABA author and iPad expert Tom Mighell’s latest book, iPad in One Hour for Litigators, will help you transform your iPad into a powerful tool in the courtroom, at mediation, and beyond. This essential guide discusses all the steps of trying a case with an...
[Avoid a Claim] Real estate bad cheque scam by Tom Baruch
Three lawyers in Ontario and one in PEI have informed us of an attempted real estate bad cheque scam by the purported Tom Baruch. Mr Baruch claims to be in England, looking to purchase property locally. He first contacts real estate agents, who then put the fraudster in touch with a lawyer. At first a deposit is promised via wire transfer, but ultimately the deposit takes the form of a (counterfeit) cheque send by a financial company. The name of the representative at the company has been...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Resolutions to Avoid Family Law Claims
I will make better use of checklists and reporting letters: Family law involves complex documents that deal with complicated issues involving emotional clients. There are many risks of errors by the lawyer, and misunderstandings by the client. LAWPRO’s new Domestic Contracts Matter Toolkit has checklists and forms that contain points and questions lawyers should systematically consider as they conduct the initial interview on a domestic contract matter and when they meet with the client to...
[Avoid a Claim] 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...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Facebook Privacy Policy- The oxymoron that can even bite non-Facebook users
One Oklahoma lawyer has declined to participate in Facebook, in part because of the horror stories about privacy breaches. You would think that would make her safe from inadvertent disclosures of information via Facebook. But think again. This lawyer loves...
[Avoid a Claim] Resolutions to avoid criminal law claims
I will take the time to ensure the client understands my recommendations: Failing to effectively communicate with the client is just as much a claims pitfall in criminal law as in other areas. This could be because of the rushed nature of many “courthouse steps” conversations, or the fact that the lawyer’s years of experience on cases may obscure the fact that the client doesn’t fully understand the course of action the lawyer recommends. There is a risk that clients may later regret their...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Showing PowerPoint Presentations on the iPad (Part 1)
Presenting a PowerPoint from your iPad can also result in a more natural and interactive presentation, allowing you walk around, switch between applications, write notes or do white-boarding, and go back to your core presentation. In Part 1 of this blog, we’ll cover how to get your PowerPoint over to your iPad, and in Part 2 (to be continued), we’ll cover the Apple TV setup to enable you to do a wireless presentation with your iPad so you can walk around freely in a courtroom or...
[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 [...]