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.

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[Avoid a Claim] New frauds different & daring: Know what to watch for
This is the text of an email blast sent to Ontario lawyers, reminding them to be vigalent for attempted frauds over the coming August holiday weekend. In just the last month, LAWPRO has received reports from more than 200 lawyers who were targeted by 46 different types of bad cheque fraud: 29 of these were new fraudulent matter scenarios or fraud scenarios we have seen before that used new names. Bad cheque frauds continue to be the most common type of attempted fraud we are seeing. These...
[Avoid a Claim] Collaborative family law agreement scam by Nancy Jenkins
Today a number of Ontario lawyers have alerted us to a yet another new name for an old scam. Nancy Jenkins is looking for lawyers to help her collect money owed by her ex-husband under a collaborative family law agreement. It is similar to the many other frauds of this kind we have seen under numerous names (all of which can be found on our Confirmed Fraud page). For details of how this fraud works see this earlier AvoidAClaim post. Here is the message: From: LINDA JENKINS...
[SC Small Firm] Reporting NSF
Rule 1.15(h) of the S.C. Rules of Professional Conduct mandates that all lawyers with a trust account must file a written directive with their bank requiring the bank to report any non-sufficient funds (NSF) transactions. If you have an IOLTA account, please confirm with your bank that you have a directive filed. It is the duty of the lawyer to make sure this has been done. Do not assume that all banks do it automatically. If the Commission on Lawyer Conduct discovers an overdraft that...
[Reid My Blog] Confessions of a TECHSHOW Chair
I am excited to be leading a wonderful group of nine people who are planning the 2012 ABA TECHSHOW next March. It is a small collection of volunteer lawyers and legal professionals who plan all facets of this premier technology conference for the legal profession. We held our second 2-day planning meeting last weekend (the first being in May) to develop the "grid" of over 70 educational sessions over 3 days, review the expo hall for over 100 vendors, select and engage a keynote speaker, and...
[Avoid a Claim] Collaborative family law scam by Linda Lee
An Ontario lawyers has alerted us to a new name for an old scam. Linda Lee is looking for lawyers to help her collect money owed by her ex-husband under a collaborative family law agreement. It is similar to the many other frauds of this kind we have seen under numerous names (all of which can be found on our Confirmed Fraud page). Here is the message: From: lindaleeasia lindaleeasia@gmail.com Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:30 AM To: undisclosed-recipients: Subject: INTERESTED IN YOUR...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Using Checklists in your Law Practice
Using Checklists in your Law Practice is the title of my Lawyers USA column that was just posted to the Web. I'm sure everyone reading this uses checklists in many different ways. But I hope my column on this very...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan collection scam by Michael Chang
We have been advised of another business loan fraud attempt, this time under the name Michael Chang. It is similar to other scams by James Gilliard and Mark Rudic. For an explanation of how this type of fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet. Here is the message: From: Michael Chang [g.michaell1@ymail.com] Sent: 07/24/2011 12:02 AM MST To: “g.michaell1@ymail.com” Subject: Dear counsel Dear counsel, I am contacting you in regards to a breach of business loan agreement with a...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] SC Bar Releases Ethics Opinion on Groupon
The South Carolina Bar Association just released an Ethics Advisory Opinion on the use of Groupon by SC lawyers.This interesting opinion dealt with the question of whether it is ethical for SC lawyers to use Groupon. The answer: Yes, but proceed with caution. Read SC Ethics Advisory Opinion 11-05 here.
[Avoid a Claim] Collaborative family law agreement fraud by Kara Muneoka
A number of lawyers have told us they’ve been contacted by a Kara Muneoka with regards to collecting on a settlement agreement. The emails are short, but no doubt replying to them would produce the same replies and documentation we’ve seen in similar scams by Peggy Higashi, Beverly MacKenzie and Elizabeth Nakamura. For a full list of other frauds of this type and a description of how it works see our Confirmed Frauds page. Here is the email: From: Sent: Thursday, July 07,...
[SC Small Firm] Discount Coupons for Legal Services
The South Carolina Bar Ethics Advisory Committee has published a new Opinion, 11-05, referred to informally online by some commentators as the “Groupon Opinion.” The question asked by a SC Lawyer was: Does a lawyer violate the Rules of Professional Conduct by contracting with a website to offer vouchers that can be purchased from the website and then subsequently redeemed for discounted legal services such as the preparation of wills? The Committee opined that the use of “daily deal”...