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

[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
[Law Technology Today] Lawyers and the Cloud: Three Myths Debunked
We have reached a point in today’s “post PC” environment where most lawyers accept that (a) cloud services and mobile apps exist, (b) they offer an enticing way to store and share data for a law practice, and (c) they are here to stay.  That said, there are still skeptics that believe that the public cloud is not ready for legal services. In this guest post, Chad Burton, Founder of Burton Law, and Nitin Gupta, Legal Industry Lead at Box, offer their take on three of the most common cloud myths...
[PA Law Practice Management] Why You Need to Connect With Your Colleagues
Attorneys who practice in a solo or small firm (15 or fewer attorneys) setting have lots of advantages.  One big disadvantage for many is a lack of feedback and support mechanisms.  That’s certainly one area where a larger firm provides benefit.  At the larger firm, one need only walk down the hallway and poke a face in to get some immediate feedback.  Whether one seeks a dispassionate perspective, some additional creative thought, sympathy about a matter gone awry, or even direct...
[Avoid a Claim] Real estate transaction attempt using a fake power of attorney by Cheryl Ryna Waksman and Yaron Nathan Waksmanare
An Ontario lawyer has notified LAWPRO that her name has been used without her knowledge as a commissioner on an Affidavit of Witness for what appears to be a fraudulent power of attorney using the above names. The lawyer did not commission the Affidavit of Witness and it appears that her signature was forged. To date, two lawyers have contacted this lawyer concerning the Power of Attorney, with respect to a proposed real estate transaction. It appears that an attempt is being made to find a...