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 Practice Tips Blog] Recent Technology News and Developments for 2014
Get your technology news update here. Recent Technology News and Developments for 2014 is my column for the August "Back to School" issue of the Oklahoma Bar Journal. I cover lots of tech developments with some serious and some not-so-serious...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Credit Cards, Square, and PayPal Revisited
Accepting credit cards for payment is a business practice some lawyers avoid because they are fearful of the ethical implications. The process can be intimidating, unless you know the answers to some common questions.  Here is a quick refresher course: … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Kennedy-Mighell on Finding Revenue Streams in Your Practice
The Ernst & Young tax guide. Tiger Tables. Both are examples of companies and lawyers turning existing information and services into revenue streams. The tax guide looks at new laws, and incorporates research Ernst & Young has already done into a digestible book that makes best seller lists in the tax category. Tiger Tables, from St. Louis attorney Larry Katzenstein, is software that calculates a wide variety of actuarial factors for certain gifts under gift tax laws. Even the IRS uses...
[Law Practice Advisor] Automate Your Email with Simple Scheduling Tools
“Inbox Zero” means keeping your inbox empty or nearly empty at all times, thus reducing distraction and increasing efficiency.  Inbox Zero, per its founder Merlin Mann, and its related email and task management methodology (i.e. “Getting Things Done” by David Allen), each prescribe the following:  if you can respond to an email in less than two minutes, then you should do it immediately thereby quickly knocking out a would-be task and clearing your mind for your next action.  But, herein lies...
[The Last Word] Is it Time for Office 365?
As more and more firms decide it’s time to upgrade their current version of Microsoft Office, they’re confronted with the decision of whether or not to move to Office 365. Thankfully, Microsoft Office 365 for Lawyers: A Practical Guide to Options and Implementation by Ben Schorr has come along just in time to help with […]
[SC Small Firm] Draft Better Bills
Lawyers enjoy practicing law, but rarely do you find a lawyer who enjoys billing for his or her work. There are steps you can take to draft bills that clients are more likely to pay. Put a date on your billing statement and a due date for when payment must be made. Without a due date, your bill will end up at the bottom of your client’s stack. Make sure you include entries that were done at “no charge.” Clients appreciate when this is pointed out. For more billing tips, read Billing Pointers...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Hits Friday: #ILTA14 Edition
I’ve been at the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) conference in Nashville this week. The only way I can think to describe it is at the high end of a spectrum. Phrases like “hive of activity,” “overload of awesomeness” and others come to mind, but don’t do ILTA justice. Take a quick peek at the session grid and you’ll see what I mean. Anything you want to know about law, technology, security (A Day in the Life of a Threat Actor was...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] More Business Plan Magic: Part Two
Originally posted on NWSidebar:Form a plan of action to continually address new challenges so your practice can grow and thrive! Form a plan of action to continually address new challenges so your practice can grow and thrive! No matter…
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO defends lawyers: “Lawyer not liable for transaction client completed after lawyer’s retainer ended’
LAWPRO defends a wide variety of cases in any given year. In almost 80 per cent of the claims files we handle, there is ultimately no finding of negligence against the lawyer that was the subject of a claim. Occasionally, our work on a lawyer’s behalf is made easier by having compelling facts on our side. But even where the facts are more balanced, LAWPRO counsel strive to put forward rigorous and well supported defences on the part of our insured − not only to avoid a loss in any particular...
[Law Technology Today] Lawyers: Build Expertise To Stand Out
In this increasingly saturated market, being a successful lawyer means standing out from the crowd and becoming the expert in a specific field. Due to economic pressures, it is now necessary for a lawyer to develop a powerful brand in order to make a good living. This means going above and beyond being a hard worker and a self-aware lawyer. Additional research in the field, networking, and self-promotion to garner awareness are all necessary actions required to thrive in the legal community. In...