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

[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Jan Johansson
A lawyer in Georgia and one in New York have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Jan Johansson with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet. Here is the initial email: Subject: CONTRACT MATTER From: jan Johansson Date: Fri, December 14, 2012 4:41 pm To: undisclosed-recipients:; We seek an attorney who...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] 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...
[Avoid a Claim] 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] LAWPRO’s top articles on Twitter in 2012
2012 saw @LAWPRO and @practicePRO getting more active in tweeting the content we offer lawyers. Here are the 10 most popular articles and resources based on clicks and retweets in the past 12 months. Common mistakes we see real estate #lawyers make and how to avoid them Essential LinkedIn dos and donts for law students Book review from our latest magazine: cloud computing for lawyers Family lawyers answer our question: what keeps you up at night? Student to lawyer – 20 tips for a...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] 2012 in review
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 48,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.
[Avoid a Claim] Seven New Year’s resolutions for a better practice
I will fire my worst client: This client is the one that calls you almost every day, sends you hourly emails, never has enough for a retainer and bickers about paying your fees. When ending the retainer, make sure you comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct. I will book my vacation: Your body and mind need a vacation and some downtime. Grab your calendar and block off two weeks for a vacation. Make sure to coordinate with your spouse/significant other. Under no circumstances do you book...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Seven New Years Resolutions for a Better Practice
I will fire my worst client: This client is the one that calls you almost every day, sends you hourly emails, never has enough for a retainer and bickers about paying your fees. When ending the retainer, make sure you comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct. I will book my vacation: Your body and mind need a vacation and some downtime. Grab your calendar and block off two weeks for a vacation. Make sure to coordinate with your spouse/significant other. Under no circumstances do you book...
[Avoid a Claim] Resolutions to avoid doing things that annoy clients the most
Clients will, understandably, get upset if they are treated badly or confronted with surprises. Make sure you appreciate how your words, actions, or inactions can annoy or even distress your clients. Here are some resolutions you can make to avoid doing the most common things lawyers do that annoy clients: I will promptly return phone calls: Unacknowledged or unreturned phone calls are some of the most common complaints about lawyers. To avoid these problems, set and control client...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Kick-Start Your New Year
If you are among the 45% who typically make a New Year’s Resolution, I genuinely wish you the best of luck. If your goals for 2013 include any of the following: Reducing your stress level Improving your office routines Increasing productivity Streamlining office systems Balancing the demands of work and home then resolve to get a [...]
[Thoughtful Legal Management] 2013 Tips and Predictions – Part Three!
♬ Stay frozen or face the truth Time won’t wait for us to choose…♬ Lyrics, Music and Recorded by Fountain of Tears.   This is the third and final post in the 2013 Tips and Predictions theme. It has been wonderful to read such informative and insightful thoughts from all around the globe on the future of law. Accordingly, here are the last but certainly not the least of these great ideas: Stephanie Kimbro, MA, JD, is the Director of the North Carolina branch of Burton Law, LLC...