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] LAWPRO Magazine archives: Meet the New Family Law Lawyer
The introduction this past January [of 2005] of new spousal support guidelines has put the spotlight on family law practice. To put the impact of the guidelines in context – and to better understand the pressures of family law practice today – LAWPRO Magazine this spring convened a panel of family law practitioners from across the province. We asked them to step back and look at the larger picture: What has changed in the practice of family law? What are the issues facing those doing family...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Michael Stakenberg of Sahaviriya Steel Industries
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Michael Stakenberg of Sahaviriya Steel Industries with regards to a commercial 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: Michael Stakenberg [mailto:micstakenberg07@hotmail.com] Sent: Monday, January 21, 2013 10:59 AM To: lawyer name...
[Avoid a Claim] Unfair dismissal settlement scam by Stuart Charles
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Stuart Charles with regards to an unfair dismissal settlement scam. In this type of fraud the lawyer is retained to demand a settlement from the employer, and is similar to workplace injury settlement scams we’ve seen. The fraudster will claim that they are overseas, but the employer is in their jurisdiction. For details on how this fraud works and to see other names associated with it, see our Confirmed...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Are Click-Through Fee Agreements Ethical?
If you are working to establish a paperless or virtual practice, you may have struggled with the issue of how to transform your paper-based fee agreements.  Oregon Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5(c) provides, in part: A lawyer shall not enter into an arrangement for, charge or collect: * * * (3) a fee denominated as “earned [...]
[Avoid a Claim] New in the practicePRO Lending Library: Compensation Plans for Law Firms, 5th Edition
This newly updated fifth edition of Compensation Plans for Law Firms examines the continually evolving compensation landscape and the concepts that will affect your law firm most. You’ll take an extensive look at the world of law firm compensation, including: Compensation theory The art and science of compensation Partner and shareholder compensation Of Counsel compensation Associate compensation Paralegal compensation Staff compensation Bonuses, increases, and incentives Debt, taxes,...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Resolutions to Avoid Real Estate Claims
I will ensure I meet with my clients in person at least once: In most real estate practices the staff handle many aspects of the client’s matter. However, ultimate responsibility still lies with the supervising lawyer. Take the time to meet with the client in person to review the transaction and understand the client instructions, particularly with respect to the client’s intended uses of the property. Not every matter is straightforward, and you don’t want to have to be addressing a problem...
[Avoid a Claim] Breach of IP agreement scam by Long Jiang of GoerTek Inc
An Ontario lawyers has reported to us that he’s been contacted by the purported Long Jiang of GoerTek Inc. 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: Long Jiang [mailto:Jianglongg@gmail.com] Sent: January-18-13 9:29 PM To: Lawyer Name Subject: Legal Matter Dear Attorney, We have a breach of intellectual...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Collaboration Tools for Lawyers
♫ Boy, the way Glen Miller played. Songs that made the Hit Parade. Guys like us, we had it made. Those were the days!…♫ – Music and Lyrics by Charles Stouce and Lee Adams and recorded by Archie Bunker.     One of the big changes in the legal profession has been the switch to the lawyer as collaborator: with their colleagues, with their staff and not the least, with their clients. Part of this is due to the work of Thomas Friedman and his “The World is Flat” philosophy. Part...
[Law Practice Advisor] Website Essentials – Part I: Website Building Blocks
A few years ago, I may have spent this first paragraph trying to convince you that you need a website for your practice.  But, I suspect that if you are reading this post, you are far beyond that.  Building and maintaining a website for your practice is no longer just one of the many marketing tools available, but an essential tool.  Since we have that out of the way, let’s move on to why you are really reading this post, that is to learn how you go about creating a website, the...
[Law Practice Advisor] Website Essentials – Part I: Website Building Blocks
A few years ago, I may have spent this first paragraph trying to convince you that you need a website for your practice.  But, I suspect that if you are reading this post, you are far beyond that.  Building and maintaining a website for your practice is no longer just one of the many marketing tools available, but an essential tool.  Since we have that out of the way, let’s move on to why you are really reading this post, that is to learn how you go about creating a website, the essential...