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] IRS Withholding Penalties and IOLTA
The following announcement was published today on the PLF Web site: Important Information Regarding Withholding Penalties Affecting Lawyers Who Accept Credit Card Payments New IRS requirements regarding the reporting of credit card transactions have the potential to negatively impact IOLTA accounts and lead to ethical violations by lawyers. Here are the key points you need [...]
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Action Alert for Lawyers Who Accept Credit Card Payments
Do you take credit cards?  If so lease read about the changes to IRS verification requirements effective January 2013! From Lawyer’s Trust Fund of Illinois: Significant penalties in 2013 if credit account information doesn’t match If you accept credit card payments, you may be impacted by IRS verification requirements that may impact you and your practice in 2013. Under federal law, credit card processing companies are required to verify information regarding each merchant accepting...
[Law Technology Today] Social Media: The “New” Courthouse?
Let’s forget, for a moment, the magical marketing benefits of social media and talk about law and order. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are right now, as you’re reading this post, initiating, hosting, or contributing to social Web conversations with ordinary citizens (all potential jurors, I’d add). These officers of the court are, today, boldly intimidating criminals, rallying citizens, and managing trial publicity via social media. Critics fear that the attorneys who spawn such...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Tips for Litigators to Avoid Communications Claims
This article by Jordan Nichols, claims counsel at LAWPRO, appears in the December issue of LAWPRO Magazine. It can be found at Claims against litigation lawyers often involve allegations of communication errors. In this article, we consider steps that lawyers can take to avoid such claims right out of the gate – at the outset of their retainers. When we attribute a claim to a communication problem, what exactly do we mean? Here are some examples: failure to warn...
[Compujurist] Untagging yourself on Facebook
Great article from my friend Dan Pinnington at LawPRO in Toronto on How to untag yourself on Facebook (and why you might want to) . This is definitely something that all Facebook users need to understand and know how to do. As Dan says in his article:
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Outlook Tip: Zoom Setting for Email Messages
This is an incredibly small thing, unless it happens to you and you’re wondering:  What the What? If the text of your e-mail messages in Outlook suddenly appears very small or VERY LARGE and you don’t remember changing any settings, you are probably the victim of your mouse wheel.  I unwittingly did this the other [...]
[Law Practice Advisor] Writing Requirement: As of January 1, Written Fee Agreements will be Required in Most Cases
This week’s Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers E-Journal Law Practice Management Section Featured Practice Tip comes from LOMAP.  In this week’s tip, we address some important coming ethics rules revisions that will affect most attorneys and law firms in Massachusetts. Read the tip here.
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Jessica Johnston of BP Global
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Jessica Johnston of BP Global with 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: BP Global Oil [] Sent: November-24-12 3:08 AM Subject: RE:Legal Representation Attention:Counsel, We...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Your Facebook Profile Through Another’s Eyes
Navigating Facebook’s privacy settings and friend lists can be a challenge.  Whether you’re looking for clients, networking with your peers, or simply staying in touch with friends and relatives, it’s important to know exactly what you’re sharing on Facebook.  Thankfully, Facebook includes a simple tool that lets you check just that: how your profile looks to your friends (and to the public). To start, navigate to your Facebook timeline by clicking on your name at the...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Reinventing Legal Education
Failing Law Schools by Brian Z. Tamanaha was published in June 2012. Among the most startling assertions in that book was that law schools will produce 45,000 new graduates annually while only 25,000 openings for lawyers are projected each year...