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

[Law Technology Today] ABA’s First Hackathon: How a Public Defender Built Due Processr
Until last week, calculating the suggested sentence for someone convicted of a crime under the Massachusetts Sentencing Guidelines was a time-consuming process involving multiple cross-referenced documents, formal logic, and some basic arithmetic. Now, thanks to an ABA Journal sponsored hackathon, there’s an app for that (Due Processr). The app even helps determine if someone is eligible for appointed counsel or the waiver of fees, and if not, it  directs the user to a site to help find a...
[Just Oregon Lawyers Blog] Billing Pointers That Can Improve Your Cash Flow
Lawyers enjoy practicing law. They rarely enjoying billing. Busy solos especially can find themselves struggling to get their bills out consistently month after month. One lawyer I met with recently discussed that there were a number of clients who weren’t paying their bill, month after month. Here are some of the tips the lawyer implemented that improved cash flow. 1. Put a date on your billing statement and indicate when payment is due. If you don’t have a due date on your bill,...
[Law Technology Today] Know the Features Before You Move: Google Apps v. Office 365
I’m a huge fan of Google Apps for Business. It is one of the main products I recommend as a technology consultant. It has it’s quirks but I have been pretty happy with it; it syncs to all of your mobile devices, syncs to Outlook and the same folders and subfolders structure in Outlook is replicated in the Google Gmail interface. Along came Office 365. Because of the Microsoft name, I thought that this product was a Google Apps killer. However I think both products have their merits....
[The Last Word] Make Amazon’s Customers Your Customers (or Clients?)
That’s the come-on for the latest offering from Amazon. Some people claim that Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s insatiably driven CEO, is determined to conquer every market segment of the economy, one by one, and to do it by undercutting the existing price structure in that segment. While that’s probably a little overblown, Amazon does seem to […]
[Avoid a Claim] CBA Legal Futures Initiative Final Report makes 22 recommendations
At the CBA Council Meeting at the Canadian Bar Association’s Canadian Legal Conference in St. John’s, the CBA Legal Futures Initiative released its Futures: Transforming the Delivery of Legal Services in Canada Report. The Report has now been posted on the CBA site and makes the following 22 recommendations: 1 Flexibility in Business Structures: Lawyers should be allowed to practise in business structures that permit fee-sharing, multidisciplinary practice, and ownership, management, and...
[Law Technology Today] #Barmageddon: When Technology Fails the Bar Exam
“Everyone always wants new things.  Everybody likes new inventions, new technology. People will never be replaced by machines.  In the end, life and business are about human connections. And computers are about trying to murder you in a lake. And to me the choice is easy.” – Michael Scott, The Office, Season 4, Episode 2 Maybe Michael Scott was onto something in light of the disaster that struck this past July for aspiring lawyers taking the bar exam on their computers. With over 40,000 test...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the name Lachlan Wang
Firms in Australia, Colorado and California notified us that they received an email from the purported Lachlan Wang 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 Frauds page...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] What is on Your Bucket List?
♫  Get on your boots and visit the North Pole Try every sport until you score a goal Follow the path of a butterfly Go to Ground Zero and do nothing but cry We don’t know how much time left we got left in this world This beautiful world…♫ Lyrics and music by  Nelly Furtado, Rodney Roy Jerkins, Rodney Jerkins, recorded by Nelly Furtado. Having just returned from my summer vacation, I came across an article on Lifehack.org that struck a resonate chord deep within me.  The article is...
[Avoid a Claim] When it comes to cottage properties, due diligence is particularly important
This article by Mahwash Khan (Training & Communication Counsel at LAWPRO) originally appeared in the July 4, 2014 issue of The Lawyers Weekly published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. It has been a long and harsh winter. Summer is here and your clients are now looking to purchase an oasis of joy and peace – away from it all. Help their dream become a reality and not your nightmare. Rural and cottage conveyancing issues make up a significant number of real estate law claims – the most common...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Lucy Paul
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Jinghua Su looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation agreement. This is a classic 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 debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud...