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] Monthly fraud summary for June 2013
The month of June saw 26 new fraud posts and almost the same number of email reports from lawyers (390) as last month (385). 58% of the emails came from the U.S., 24% from Ontario, 1% from elsewhere in Canada and 7% from overseas. In addition to the usual email scam attempts, we saw a phishing scam targetting LexisNexis users, a fake law firm Franklin Pirsch & Associates used to introduce a fraud attempt, a mortgage fraud warning from several Ontario law associations, and an Ontario lawyer...
[Law Technology Today] Free Analytics Feature on Twitter
If you’ve been looking for more insight on your Twitter presence, you will be pleased to know that Twitter has now opened its analytics dashboard to some Twitter handles, free of charge. As this article from Mashable describes, Twitter now allows free access to a comprehensive analytics dashboard to a handful of Twitter users. This feature offers a simple yet comprehensive overview of the number of favorites, retweets and replies received from each post. In addition to showing how many follows...
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam by Christina Freitag
A lawyer in Texas and one in California have notified us that they received an email from the purported Christina Freitag looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This is similar to other frauds of this kind we have seen. For a full description of how this fraud works and to see other names attached to it, see our Confirmed Fraud page that deals with business loan frauds. Here is the initial email: From: Christina Freitag Date: June 10, 2013, 6:27:19 AM...
[The Last Word] Has Decomposition Set In?
No, this is not a joke about how long it’s been since I’ve posted regularly to this blog! When I think of decomposition my thoughts generally turn, at best, to organic backyard recycling and, at worst, to CSI Miami, but “decomposing” is one of the terms that Richard Suskind uses in his new book Tomorrow’s […]
[Law Technology Today] Video: Data Protection and Cloud Backup for Any Size Law Firm
Data protection and backup should be a high priority for law firms of all sizes, and using the cloud specifically for these practices is becoming increasingly prevalent. During this webinar from the Legal Technology Resource Center sponsored by Mozy, understand why your law firm needs to be protecting critical data, how to do so with the flexibility of the cloud, how to restore your information to any device, and more. Thank you to our sponsor: Visit Mozy’s Member Advantage page for an ABA...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Demandforce – Appointment Reminder Solution for Lawyers?
My first experience with Intuit’s Demandforce came in the form of a text message from my vet’s office. I received a reminder about an appointment and was prompted to confirm. I remember thinking: this is pretty neat! Veterinary staff later … Continue reading →
[Avoid a Claim] In the practicePRO Lending Library: iPad in One Hour for Litigators
More and more lawyers are choosing to take their iPads to trial–with amazing results. Bestselling ABA author and iPad expert Tom Mighell’s latest book, iPad in One Hour for Litigators, will help you transform your iPad into a powerful tool in the courtroom, at mediation, and beyond. This essential guide discusses all the steps of trying a case with an iPad, from pretrial docketing and legal research to depositions and evidence presentation. In just one hour, you will learn how to...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Ten Specific Strategies for Avoiding Communication-Based Claims
Problems with lawyer-client communication are the number-one cause of claims reported to LAWPRO. The way to prevent these claims sounds simple enough: Remind lawyers to communicate better with their clients. However, appeals to “communicate better” can seem vague − or even a little “touchy-feely”. Need specifics? Consider the following list of practical strategies. These ten tips were chosen from Tim Lemieux’s article “Is anyone listening? Preventing communications claims” which appeared in the...
[Law Practice Advisor] Funnel Vision: Elevating Your Elevator Speech
I’m not ashamed to say that, at the Topsfield Fair not every year, I eat a lot of funnel cake — like, a lot. And, that’s not just for when the Fair’s going on, though: I’m also partial to deep-fried butter. Funnel cakes don’t look very much like funnels, or cake; they’re called after funnels because a funnel is used to distribute the dough. Neither does your elevator speech (the importance of which we’ve written on previously) much resemble a funnel, or a cake. However, you should...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resources: Real estate templates from TitlePLUS
TitlePLUS has some great resources for real estate lawyers and their staff that will help reduce claims exposure, including sample retainer and reporting letters – two important risk management tools. The documents you can use and adapt are: Sample retainer letter Sample report to purchaser Sample report to lender Work Order Warranty Waiver of Title Insurance