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] Breach of IP agreement scam by Hiroaki Iwasaki of Iwasaki Publishing Co Ltd
Four Ontario lawyers have reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Hiroaki Iwasaki of Iwasaki Publishing Co Ltd with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of an IP agreement. For details of how this scam works and to see other names associated with it, see our Confirmed Fraud page. Here is the initial email. From: Hiroaki Iwasaki [] Sent: December-03-12 11:08 PM To: lawyer email Subject: Legal Matter  We have a breach of...
[Law Technology Today] Encryption in the Cloud: BoxCryptor
I have been looking for an easy and affordable way to encrypt my electronic documents stored in the cloud.  My preferred cloud storage options at this time are either Microsoft SkyDrive or Dropbox.  However, neither provide me with complete assurance that their existing security adequately protects documents that I want to keep completely confidential. After trying Viivo (formerly SecretSync) I found that the use of the product was not intuitive for me.  Continuing my search, I downloaded...
[The Last Word] Are We There Yet? Is Email Really Still Different?
Attorney at Work is a great blog with lots of useful tips and ideas to improve a law practice.  I highly recommend that you check it out.  But a recent post by Ruth Carter titled Five Law Firm Website Turnoffs started a discussion among my fellow PMAs around the country about ethics and best practices [...]
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Late-Life Marriage and Will Amendments: Lawyers, Proceed With Caution
As medicine advances and we live longer lives, late-life marriage is more common today than it was when the law governing both marriage and wills first evolved. Where the lawyer learns that an older client has entered into a recent, late-life marriage, a degree of caution is recommended and issues of capacity and undue influence should be considered. In the new Wills & Estates issue of the LAWPRO Webzine, Nora Rock (corporate and policy writer at LAWPRO) interviewed Kimberly Whaley of...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Add-on: SimplyFile for MS Outlook
There are many MS Outlook add-ons that mimic functionality that is already built into the application. Though Techhit’s SimplyFile would seem to fall into that category since MS Outlook has a strong rules function and has added the “Move” group in the Home tab, it is actually amazingly useful despite some overlap. SimplyFile is an “intelligent filing assistant for Microsoft Outlook” and costs $50US. So, is it worth it? Find out in my new post “...
[Law Technology Today] Holiday Gift Ideas for Lawyers
Trying to find a good gift for a lawyer (or perhaps yourself) this holiday season?  Good news: Reid Trautz recently posted his annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers. This is the eighth year that Reid has assembled his gift guide, and each year features a few interesting gadgets and tools to appeal to the tech-oriented lawyer.  This year’s recommendations include the Apple TV and a suggested source for gadget covers/cases. Check it out: ReidMyBlog’s 8th Annual Holiday Gift Guide for...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Mission Impossible? Working as an Independent Contractor in Oregon
For those of you who like to use “independent contractors” (contract lawyers, contract paralegals, freelance legal secretaries) take heed.  Your contractor may well be an employee. The latest case to interpret ORS 670.600 is Compressed Pattern, LLC v. Employment Department Tax Section. In Oregon, an independent contractor must be “customarily engaged in an independently established business.”  [...]
[The Last Word] Never Miss Another Deadline
I love this time of year because my new calendar arrives and I get to start filling its clean pages us with appointments and activities for the next year. I use both Outlook and Google Calendar, respectively, to keep my work and home lives on track, and I feed both into the calendar of my [...]
[PA Law Practice Management] PA Lawyers Who Made the 6th Annual ABA Journal Blawg 100 List
Thousands of law-related blogs vie for attention from peers and prospects.  Only 100 make the coveted ABA  list each year.  Congratulations to those from PA.  To achieve this level of recognition  requires consistent effort and dedication.  The payoff is a decided elevation in name recognition.  Does it pay off in clients?  Let’s hear from those of you who’ve been nominated.  How Appealing As Nicholas Wagoner from Circuit Splits points out, Howard Bashman not...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] What’s Hot and What’s Not
♫ Ooh-hoo-hoo, I feel my temp’rature rising Help me I’m flamin’, I must be a hundred and nine Burnin’, burnin’, burnin’ and nothing can cool me, yeh I just might turn to smoke but I feel fine… ♫  Lyrics and music by Dennis Linde and Arthur Alexander, recorded by Elvis Presley. (Photo: Oscar/Wikimedia Commons) This is my friend Bob Denny’s latest report on WHAT’S HOT AND WHAT’S NOT IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION: This is our 24th annual report on what’s...