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

[PA Law Practice Management] Gaze Into the Crystal Ball at 2013
I would love your perspective on what you think are going to be the top issues law firms and individual lawyers will be wrestling with in 2013.  I’m researching for an article which will appear in The Pennsylvania Lawyer.  I would do it from my own perspective alone, but then again, I predicted the Beatles would never catch on, and since then I have been reluctant to trust my instincts alone to predict the future.  Of course there will be obvious issues: profitability, marketing, increased...
[SC Small Firm] The IRS, Your Credit Card Processor, and You
Are you a lawyer? Do you accept credit cards from clients for payment? Have you heard about Section 6050W? In a nutshell, it’s a new IRS rule requiring credit card processors to report gross credit card transactions on a special 1099-K form to the IRS. Section 6050W goes into effect beginning January 1, 2013. What does this mean for you? There are a few things you should do before January 1: Contact your credit card processor and confirm that a merchant industry code identifies you as a law...
[Avoid a Claim] Self-Represented Litigants: A Survival Guide by Carol Cochrane
(click here or on the image above to read this article from the Winter 2006 edition of LAWPRO Magazine, “Delivering on the Client Service Promise”)
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection fraud by Gregory Stich
A lawyer in Ontario and one in Quebec have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Gregory Stich with regards to a 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: Gregory Stich Date: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 7:02 AM Subject: Hello Counsel, To: Hello Counsel, I am inquiring about the possibility of your firm...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] IRS Withholding Penalties and IOLTA
The following announcement was published today on the PLF Web site: Important Information Regarding Withholding Penalties Affecting Lawyers Who Accept Credit Card Payments New IRS requirements regarding the reporting of credit card transactions have the potential to negatively impact IOLTA accounts and lead to ethical violations by lawyers. Here are the key points you need [...]
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Action Alert for Lawyers Who Accept Credit Card Payments
Do you take credit cards?  If so lease read about the changes to IRS verification requirements effective January 2013! From Lawyer’s Trust Fund of Illinois: Significant penalties in 2013 if credit account information doesn’t match If you accept credit card payments, you may be impacted by IRS verification requirements that may impact you and your practice in 2013. Under federal law, credit card processing companies are required to verify information regarding each merchant accepting...
[Law Technology Today] Social Media: The “New” Courthouse?
Let’s forget, for a moment, the magical marketing benefits of social media and talk about law and order. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are right now, as you’re reading this post, initiating, hosting, or contributing to social Web conversations with ordinary citizens (all potential jurors, I’d add). These officers of the court are, today, boldly intimidating criminals, rallying citizens, and managing trial publicity via social media. Critics fear that the attorneys who spawn such...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Tips for Litigators to Avoid Communications Claims
This article by Jordan Nichols, claims counsel at LAWPRO, appears in the December issue of LAWPRO Magazine. It can be found at www.lawpro.ca/magazinearchives Claims against litigation lawyers often involve allegations of communication errors. In this article, we consider steps that lawyers can take to avoid such claims right out of the gate – at the outset of their retainers. When we attribute a claim to a communication problem, what exactly do we mean? Here are some examples: failure to warn...
[Compujurist] Untagging yourself on Facebook
Great article from my friend Dan Pinnington at LawPRO in Toronto on How to untag yourself on Facebook (and why you might want to) . This is definitely something that all Facebook users need to understand and know how to do. As Dan says in his article:
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Outlook Tip: Zoom Setting for Email Messages
This is an incredibly small thing, unless it happens to you and you’re wondering:  What the What? If the text of your e-mail messages in Outlook suddenly appears very small or VERY LARGE and you don’t remember changing any settings, you are probably the victim of your mouse wheel.  I unwittingly did this the other [...]