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

[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Timothy Reed and Michigan Tool & Broach
A New York firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Timothy Reed of Michigan Tool & Broach looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud...
[Law Technology Today] 6 Questions to Ask Before Restructuring Your Business to Unbundle
A successful lawyer knows that the legal profession may play by its own set of rules and regulations, but it is not sitting in an isolated bubble. From time to time it is good to take a multidisciplinary approach to reevaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a law practice by thinking more like a business owner than a trained lawyer. Before you start to unbundle your law practice, ask yourself the following six questions. Answers will differ for every law firm depending on the stage it is at...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Ever Consider Using Live Chat on your Law Firm Website?
Originally posted on NWSidebar:Some bold lawyers have introduced “live chat” functions on their websites to get leads, but is this a good idea? Some bold lawyers have introduced “live chat” functions on their websites to get leads, but is…
[Law Technology Today] Keeping the Scorecard of Your Practice
The word “control” resonates with every attorney I have ever met. “Keeping score” is my synonym for control. I will venture to say I want you to have some fun keeping score! Before you say, “I am not a numbers person,” think about the numbers. “Keeping score” means knowing and controlling the money generated and used by your law practice. You want to know where the money comes from and where the money goes. But no green eyeshades are necessary! Predicting the Future A budget is the “predicting...
[Avoid a Claim] Keeping up with the Joneses — or not
Lawyers often talk about the stress and burden of debt. If there is one piece of advice worth giving, it is a simple one: spend less than you earn. As a new lawyer, I was excited when I received my first paycheque. I forgot what I spent it on, but I remember it disappeared as soon as I received it. Soon I was living paycheque to paycheque. How could it be possible to live hand to mouth on Bay street? Turns out, it was easy. Perry Mason, L.A. Law, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, Suits, my peers:...
[Law Technology Today] 6 Key Strategies For Making Your Law Firm Business Work For You
Most attorneys start a law firm with little or no education or training on how to build a small business. So, they do what comes naturally. They build a practice, and focus on doing quality work for their clients, and being the best, most professional lawyer they can be. Months and years go by, and these same lawyers find themselves trapped in a job they created for themselves, working harder than they ever thought they would have to, with less financial security than they believed the...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Access to Justice: Limited Scope Representation
This article is by Ian Hu, Claims Prevention & practicePRO Counsel at LAWPRO Increasingly, legal services are moving away from the full-service model. Outsourcing document review, e-discovery, and other discrete legal services are becoming more common-place. Small practitioners and larger firms alike can offer limited scope representation, or “unbundled” representation, which let clients pick and choose when they want to engage with a lawyer during the life of a transaction or litigation....
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Time for a Law Office Getaway
Summer is almost upon us!  And regular readers know this is the time of year when I “nag” you about the importance of building vacation plans into your work schedule. Work without rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation leads to burnout.  So banish the … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Beyond eDiscovery: New Technology for Legal Collaboration
When we think of technology in the legal profession, we tend to focus on electronic discovery and its potential to save time and reduce costs by sorting through and filtering out massive amounts of data, particularly before it undergoes the labor-intensive and expensive phase of document review. Often overlooked, however, are other, lesser-known technologies that make the substantive work lawyers do every day easier, more efficient and more productive. Among these “other” technologies are cloud...
[Law Practice Advisor] Secure Your Data: Part 3, Encryption Basics
Credit: Chris Dlugosz, Flickr.com This series began with a post on the Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws, which provide standards for businesses that keep certain types of personal information. Following up that statutory and regulatory update, I provided you with my top digital security tips, including tip #6: Encryption. In this third post, you’ll learn about encryption. I promise no techie language, only what you need to know. What is encryption?   “[T]he conversion of data into a form called...