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] Digital Cameras in Lawyer’s Hands
The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Episode 95 Photography is one three fields that Steve Jobs wanted to reinvent. Cameras built into smartphones have already dramatically changed the way we take photos and use cameras. How might the ubiquity of digital cameras affect lawyers and the practice of law? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss digital cameras and smartphone cameras, how lawyers are using these cameras, and ways digital photography and camera...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Stop Scams With Fraud Protection Services
Posted today on the Professional Liability Fund Web site for your consideration: Don’t Get Scammed!  Consider Fraud Prevention Services If you are concerned about fraudulent activity on your IOLTA or business bank account, ask your bank about fraud prevention services like Positive Pay and Automated Clearing House (ACH) “block and filter” for automated transactions. Do [...]
[PA Law Practice Management] Teaching an 89 y.o. about Social Media
I’m amused when someone thinks they’re too old to learn to use a computer, social media, or whatever.  One is never too old to learn if willing.  The reality is that they don’t care to learn.  Ok, I get it.  We all have varying interests.  But there are some skills that should be required.  And in fact a lawyer is required to keep abreast of the proper usage of technology in the practice of law, both in service of clients, as well as in the efficient management of their...
[Law Technology Today] Video: Managing Information and Interruption Overload
For most lawyers, managing information is a daily struggle. Between email, research, documents and the considerable administrative work of an active law firm, it can be all too easy to become overwhelmed. To make matters worse, technology and the aggressive pace of modern practice mean already-busy days are filled with a steady stream of interruptions, adding stress and decreasing productivity. In this video, Brett Owens from Chrometa discusses some ways that you can start  tackling these...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Akira Hiraishi of Shizuku Electronics Corp
Three Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Akira Hiraishi of Electronics Corp 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: From: Akira@web1165.linux-hosting.com Date: 02/02/2013 5:39 AM (GMT-07:00) To: Subject: Dear Counsel Dear Counsel, I am Akira Hiraishi,...
[Avoid a Claim] Seperation agreemeent scam by Cynthia Taisu
A lawyer in Ontario and one in Pennsylvania have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Cynthia Taisu with regards to a to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. For details on how this fraud works and a full list of names attached to it see our Confirmed Fraud page. After responding to an initial email, the lawyers received this response and fake documentation: From: Ms Cynthia Taisu [...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] In Defense of Lawyers Who Write Letters
Is there anything more “old-fashioned” than writing a letter?  I remember posting a Tweet a few years back in which I stressed the importance of documenting your file with a letter to the client if the client chooses to act against your advice.  I was chided by a few followers who asked what a “letter” was.  (In [...]
[Law Technology Today] Restoring Your Computer System and Recovering Data in the Event of the Unthinkable
We all dread that moment:  the one in which our computer malfunctions and loses all of your stored data.  That can be a scary moment, particularly if you do not know how to restore your system and data; but, even a system restore is useless if you haven’t backed up your data in the first place.  So, you should back up your data on a regular basis.  A backup can be stored on an external drive, USB flash drive, and/or online.  A good backup system includes a daily incremental backup, a full...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] 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...
[Law Practice Advisor] Website Essentials – Part II: Design & Development
This post covers the second installment of a four-part series on setting up a website for your law practice.  We learned in the first post how to select and register a domain name, secure a web host, and create and set up email.  This second post covers the real meat of the process:  the design and development process. First, you need to decide whether to hire someone or do it yourself (“DIY”).  To save time and frustration, many folks will choose to hire a professional...