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 equipment purchase scam using the names Jeffrey Morgan and SBM Offshore Drilling
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Jeffrey Morgan of SBM Offshore Drilling looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be 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...
[Law Technology Today] Adapt to Survive: Keeping One Step Ahead of Cyber Threats
There have been numerous high profile cyber-attacks in recent years, of privacy companies and government agencies. In May 2014, eBay was hacked and had to announce that personal details of 233 million of its users had been stolen. In November of the same year Sony suffered a similar fate when 102 million of its user accounts were compromised, and several emails were leaked from its high ranking Hollywood executives. Earlier this year, it was discovered that the United States Office of Personal...
[Law Technology Today] Faster Real Estate Closings, Powered by Document Automation
As an attorney running a practice in the area of real estate law, you’re responsible for the creation of many sensitive and complicated documents. Managing all of these documents without a system built for your practice area can be inefficient, reduce productivity, and worst of all, it takes time out of your day—time that could be better spent serving your clients. In a real estate closing, client and other side details are entered into a document an average of 3.8 times per document. As you...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Tech Tip: Create A Table Of Contents From PDF Bookmarks
What will you learn at the upcoming Chicago Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Conference Oct. 16-17? Well… Bookmarks in a PDF are very helpful for readers to navigate to different sections of a document. They also lets the document creator highlight areas for readers to “jump” to without having to page through the document. […]
[Avoid a Claim] The Stresses & Challenges of Being a Lawyer: When Technology Doesn’t Help
In addition to all the pressures lawyers face described in the article The Day to Day Stresses & Challenges of Being a Lawyer, technology has increased the pace of practice. While increasing efficiency, the constant flow of new products and applications can create just as much anxiety. The key is to use technology – don’t let it use you. Here are a few examples of how technology has complicated legal practice, and what you can do to cope: Unlimited accessibility: limit email and cell...
[Law Technology Today] Document Automation for Real Estate Closings
Learn how using dynamic document templates, standardized letters, emails and forms can speed up file preparation, increase profits, and make you look like a rock star to your clients. Gain insight on: How document automation, a.k.a. document assembly or auto-drafting, can fit into your practice. The benefits of automating documents; closing statements, forms, letters, and e-mails. Safeguarding your work from costly errors.   Thank you to our sponsor: The post Document Automation for...
[Law Technology Today] The Fatal Flaw in Manual Systems
The following is an adapted excerpt from Worldox in One Hour for Lawyers. Any manual or store-and-forward system for managing documents has fundamental weaknesses and limitations. First, it is difficult to impossible to guarantee that all your electronic data—such as faxes, emails and scans—are stored properly. Second, such repositories are searchable only in very limited ways. For example, you can’t use Boolean operators to search for all the pleadings done from six months to a year ago that...
[Avoid a Claim] Don’t let personal issues lead you to bend the rules
At least two of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s discipline decisions in the last few months referenced a lawyer’s “loss of moral compass.” Even honest and well-intentioned lawyers have, when under pressure or when suffering from illness, addiction or a personal crisis, succumbed to the belief that it’s perfectly fine to bend the rules “just this once.” Unfortunately, bending rules and getting away with it has the effect of weakening a lawyer’s scruples over time – especially when the...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Angelica Bell
Three Ontario firms and one in Texas notified us that they received an email from the purported Angelica Bell looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Richard Anderson and Dredges Broker
Eight Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Richard Anderson of Dredges Broker looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be 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...