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] Organizing Paper Files
Why am I writing about how to organize your paper files when going “paperless” is all the rage?  Because 6,269 views of Setting Up an Effective Filing System tells me there is still a demand for information on this subject. I uploaded Setting Up an Effective Filing System to Slideshare three years ago.  The article first appeared in the [...]
[Avoid a Claim] Use Google Maps to help clients find your office
How often do you find yourself giving new clients directions to your office? Google Maps offers a great tool for creating a map that will show clients the location of your office. Go to maps.google.com and type your office address into the search box. Click on the link icon (look for an icon with 3 chain links at the top right corner of your screen). This will open a pop-up that will give you a URL link you can use to access that same map. Send that link to a new client via email and they...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Suggestions on Implementing Appropriate Internal Financial Controls in Your Office
Ideally, your office should have clearly established internal controls for handling and documenting all types of financial transactions. These internal controls are really just policies and procedures that direct what steps should be taken when various financial transactions occur. Although a lack of internal controls does not necessarily constitute a breach of the Rules of Professional Conduct or By-laws, you may consider implementing internal controls to assist your efforts to comply. The...
[PA Law Practice Management] What’s New in the New iPad?
Interesting that the new iPad, which one would think would be called iPad3, is called, simply, iPad.  Well, a rose by any other name may not boast the same stellar video and 4LTE speed.  Read this article from Law Technology News (reprinted on Law.com) which gives you a good analysis of what’s new, and why it may be worth your upgrade dollars. I’m not rushing to relace my iPad2 based on the upgrades.  But I am fully prepared to be jealous of those who do get the new model.
[SC Small Firm] Organizing your replies in Outlook
If you’ve ever tried to find a reply you sent by searching the Sent folder for it, then you know that it’s no easy task! There’s a much easier way to keep track of your replies in Outlook. You can have Outlook automatically save the replies you send with the original message instead. The catch is, this only works with personal folders; not your inbox. Replies to anything in your inbox will still be saved in the Sent folder. This works wonderfully for your personal folders...
[Avoid a Claim] Toronto area lawyer contacted on a “We built a website for you” hacking attempt
An Oakville lawyer advised us of a new scam that appears to be a brazen attempt to gain access to a law firm’s computers. Someone identifying himself as Mason Saunders called the firm this morning and asked to speak directly to the lawyer by name. He indicated to the lawyer that he was calling further to a discussion with a clerk at the firm 3 weeks ago. The caller referenced the clerk by name and indicated he had been authorized to create a website for the firm. The caller then...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Toronto Area Lawyer Contacted on a "We Built a Website for You" Hacking Attempt
An Oakville lawyer advised us of a new scam that appears to be a brazen attempt to gain access to a law firm's computers. Someone identifying himself as Mason Saunders called the firm this morning and asked to speak directly to the lawyer by name. He indicated to the lawyer that he was calling further to a discussion with a clerk at the firm 3 weeks ago. The caller referenced the clerk by name and indicated he had been authorized to create a website for the firm. The caller then asked if...
[Law Practice Advisor] Book Review: Nicole Black's Cloud Computing for Lawyers
Writing for lawyers on technical topics must be a challenge. A reader might be aware of the technology and its significance and uses, and looking for practical implementation advice. And, of course, a reader might have nothing more than a desire to learn something she knows nothing about. Those readers would want very different things from the writer. When I began reading Nicole Black’s Cloud Computing for Lawyers, I couldn’t tell if she had a target audience in mind, and if so, who it was....
[PMATips] Smart Phone Dictation 05-08-12
Optimize your smart phone efficiency by installing and using a smart phone dictation application. These applications do more than enable digital dictation–they also make it easy to attach your dictated file to an email or send it to an Internet storage location like Dropbox. Using either of these options, your transcription assistant has easy access to the digital file. The file can also be processed by a digital transcription application. Some of the most popular digital transcription...

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[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by “Paul McCartney”
Lawyers in Ontario have notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Paul McCartney 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 load frauds. This is another scam that uses the name of a famous person (as previously done with baseball player...