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] This Week in Tech – August 3rd
Rounding up some of the interesting technology news, tips and guides for the week of August 3rd: Windows 8 is nearly here. Microsoft recently announced that it’s reached RTM status–released to manufacturing. Beverly Michaelis offered some helpful suggestions about improving your smartphone email signatures. Google Wallet saw a major update which will allow users to load almost any major credit card. Jim Calloway pointed to excellent archive of Digital Edge podcasts. How-to Geek...
[Law Practice Advisor] Fee Simple, Part 2: Priced to Sell
As we discussed in the previous installment of this short series: most attorneys settle when it comes to their rates.  By and large, lawyers will determine a pricing model based on what ‘they’ve heard to be good’, without putting much more thought into it than that.  Then, they’ll sit on that fee structure, perhaps even as long as for . . . ev . . . er.  There are, of course, better ways to set your fees, and to revise them, yes.  Now, it most nearly defeats the purpose (of...
[Law Technology Today] Follow Along with #ABAannual
The ABA Annual Meeting is in Chicago this week and there is a lot going on. ABA entities are holding their business meetings at hotels scattered throughout the city and with CLE programming hosted at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, how do you pay attention to it all? On Twitter of course! Follow the #ABAannual trend for ABA Annual Meeting updates from the ABA (@ABAesq) and other ABA entities including the ABA Law Practice Management Section (@LawPracticeTips). Tweet with other attendees, speakers,...
[SC Small Firm] Thinking about going paperless?
One of the main ingredients needed for a paperless law office is a good scanner. By scanning existing documents and new docs as they come in, you reduce your need for physical storage space and can easily share docs with others in your firm without needing to make a copy. The Fujitsu ScanSnap line of scanners is getting great reviews. These scanners are now integrated with Clio so that you can scan documents directly into the Clio cloud-based system. Fujitsu also has a great ScanSnap...
[Avoid a Claim] New in the Lending Library: 2012 Solo and Small Firm Tech Guide
This annual guide is the only one of its kind written to help solo and small firm lawyers find the best technology for their dollar. You’ll find the most current information and recommendations on computers, servers, networking equipment, legal software, printers, security products, smartphones, the iPad and anything else a law office might need. It’s written in clear, easily understandable language to make implementation easier if you choose to do it yourself, or you can use...
[Law Practice Advisor] Fee Simple, Part 1: Revoke + Revise
Is fee setting simple?  No.  But, these days, I’m hearkening back to classes in Property Law, during this just post-bar exam period.  I probably knew at one point, but I can no longer recall, what the difference between a fee simple and a fee tail is.  (Well, really, I can; but, for purposes of advancing this discussion, let’s just pretend I can’t.)  But, I’m not even going to link out to definitions, because I really don’t care anymore.  That is the beauty of...
[Law Technology Today] Lessons from the Latest Dropbox Security Lapse
A few weeks ago, word circulated that some Dropbox users were being spammed, stoking fears that Dropbox had been compromised.  Dropbox brought in outside experts to investigate the issue, and yesterday they announced the results. According to the Dropbox blog, the root cause of the spam was actually the hacking of a different (and unmentioned) website. Hackers took the stolen credentials from that site and compromised the accounts of a few Dropbox users who happened to be using the same...
[Law Practice Matters] The One Page Business Plan for Lawyers – Part 1
In the course of my job, I meet with a lot of lawyers who are starting law practices. Often as solo practitioners, sometimes in pairs, and once in a while as groups peeling off from larger firms. When we talk about what the new firm will do, what market it will serve, how it will differ from the prior firm, our conversation often steers to business plans. I ascribe to the notion that the chief benefit of business plan (especially for a business as strategically straightforward as a small law...
[Law Technology Today] New Look and New Tips from Law Practice Matters
Law Practice Matters has a new look, and a couple helpful new posts about legal technology to go with it: Should Lawyers Use Encrypted Email? With the amount of sensitive information lawyers send through e-mail, should we be using encrypted e-mail? Avoiding Lost USB Drives Losing a thumb drive can be damaging, but what about finding a thumb drive? Law Practice Matters is published by Erik Mazzone, the Director of the Center for Practice Management at the North Carolina Bar Association.  Erik...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] How Should I Process Refunds for Client Costs?
Law firms sometimes struggle with how to process refunds received from a third party, especially when the client has incurred additional costs or has an outstanding balance.  However, if you receive a refund for a cost the client has already paid, the refund belongs to the client, not to you.  This is true even if the [...]