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

[Oregon Law Practice Management] Garnishing Lawyer Trust Accounts
Yes they can! “… (L)awyer trust accounts enjoy no special status with regard to garnishment law. Funds in a lawyer trust account are, by definition, client funds and are subject to claims of the client’s creditors.” For a discussion of this topic, see Sylvia Stevens, Trust Account Lessons: Cautionary Notes (July 2008).  Contact Oregon State [...]
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Diversify Your Practice While Avoiding the Danger of a Malpractice Claim
The new issue of LAWPRO Magazine includes an article entitled Diversify without dabbling: before expanding your practice, expand your competence!. It looks at how how lawyers who are considering expanding the scope of their practice can do so safely and avoid a malpractice claim (dabbling outside one's comfort zone is often a cause of claims). Watch for the full version of this article at www.lawpro.ca/magazine. Here are five tips from the article on how to expand your practice skills...
[Law Technology Today] Preparing for a Paperless Practice (Free Webinar)
Much of the day-to-day work of law firms and legal departments, regardless of size or practice area, revolves around documents: creating them, sharing them, storing them, and locating them.  Traditional paper documents are cumbersome and frustrating to manage.  Aside from the costs associated with printing, shipping, and storing the documents, there’s also an enormous efficiency loss involved in organizing and searching paper files. A paperless practice offers numerous practical benefits,...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Rethinking the roles of your law firm’s support staff (and more resources for the lawyer-employer)
Earlier this year, I wrote a column for Lawyer's USA about Rethinking the roles of your law firm’s support staff. In many small or medium-sized law firms, the staff is divided between secretaries and legal assistants, with perhaps a receptionist...
[PA Law Practice Management] Would You Recommend This Blog?
Each year there are a few well-known listings of top blogs.  Probably none are a better crowning jewel than the ABA Blawg 100.  I have watched as colleagues have been repeatedly nominated.  I have been delighted to see some PBA members win a place in the distinguished final listing.  Is it my turn?  I have never asked anyone to nominate my blog before, and perhaps that explains why I have never had a shot at being listed.  But I am repeatedly reposted, tweeted, retweeted, and contacted...
[Law Technology Today] This Week in Tech – August 10th
Rounding up some of the interesting technology news, tips and guides for the week of August 10th: Jim Calloway noted changes to MRPC1.1 which may turn all lawyers into legal technologists. An old Android virus dubbed Zues-in-the-mobile or Zitmo may now be targeting BlackBerry devices as well. How dramatic is the sales gap between the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab?  Recent court filings reveal the answer. Microsoft’s next Patch Tuesday will include the release of nine security patches...
[Law Practice Advisor] Make Email More Secure with Two-Factor Authentication
This week’s Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers E-Journal Law Practice Management Section Featured Practice Tip comes from LOMAP. In this week’s tip, Scott recommends utilizing two-factor authentication to further secure your inboxes. Read the Tip here.
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Chen Shui of Anhui Gujing Group Limited
Three Ontario lawyers received an email from the purported Chen Shui of Anhui Gujing Group Limitedwith 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: Anhui Gujing Group Lmited [mailto:info@gujing-group.co.cc] Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2012 1:54 PM To: lawyer name Subject: Legal Counsel… Hi , I...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Toronto Star Article on Frauds Targeting Lawyers
Today's Toronto Star has an article on the email-based scams that have been plaguing lawyers the last few years. It claims that these frauds have cost law firms in North America $70 million. That sounds like a huge figure at first, but from what we've seen the size of these scams are about $200,000 to $300,000, so it would only take about 200 or so lawyers to fall for it to reach that total. practicePRO's fraud-reporting email address has received thousands of emails since it...
[Law Technology Today] Developing Your Law Firm Website (Free Book Excerpt)
Adapted and excerpted from Internet Branding for Lawyers: Building the Client-Centered Website (2012) by Jeff Lantz, now available from the ABA Law Practice Management Section.   Build Your Website Yourself or Hire a Developer? Your website is your personal 24/7 face to the world. It should be a significant part of your marketing program. Because it’s always available for the world to see and may often be the sole factor in determining whether a client calls you or someone else, your...