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] 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Ayaka Amaya and Miho Suzuki Ltd
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Ayaka Amaya of Miho Suzuki Ltd 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 for more of...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Carl Hanne and Line Tool & Machine Co.
A Michigan firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Carl Hanne of Line Tool & Machine Co.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...
[Law Technology Today] MailBox: Your Inbox Zero Hero? [Review]
We all get a deluge of email and staying ahead of the tide is a constant battle. I recommend you add MailBox to your email weapons. In the video I share who can use it and why I think it is so good. MailBox is a free app for iOS and Android that works with Gmail, Google Apps and iCloud accounts. It was a successful startup that joined forces with DropBox so it looks like they will stick around. One Complaint Mailbox only supports simple formatting for your signature. In other words, your...
[The Last Word] Back to Basics
As a new bar year begins the theme of “back to basics” seems to be coming up over and over. ASB President Rich Raleigh has adopted it as his guiding principle for the upcoming year, and it offers a lot of room for thought and improvement in both the way lawyers practice and in the […]
[Law Technology Today] The Role iPads Play for Lawyers…Today
Dennis Kennedy flips the format in this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report: he interviews Tom Mighell. Understandable, given Mighell wrote the book on iPads for lawyers. Mighell also gives presentations on using the iPad in a law office. Questions on using for what you’d expect lawyers to use it for: checking email, editing documents, calendaring, have declined. Lawyers are asking questions about how to use it take take pictures, send text messages and other ways to get the most out of...
[Avoid a Claim] In the practicePRO Library: Google for Lawyers
  Almost everyone now uses Google for their day to day personal information searches, but it can also be a powerful tool and low-cost technology and research tool for lawyers to use in their offices. Google for Lawyers: Essential Search Tips and Productivity Tools by Carole A. Levitt and Mark E. Rosch provides effective searching tips and an introduction to other free Google productivity tools to both the novice and advanced user. It shows how the small firm lawyer can use Google to compete...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Want a Challenge-Proof Will? Think Like a (Wannabe) Beneficiary
As a lawyer, you have likely been trained to maintain a laser focus on your client’s interests and how to express and defend them. Being a fierce advocate is usually a good thing. But when preparing a will for a client, it can be a useful exercise, once you have a good first draft, to intentionally play devil’s advocate. At the Law Society of Upper Canada Solo and Small Firm Practice Conference in June 2014, estates lawyer Lisa Barazzutti suggested that when reviewing a newly-drafted will, it’...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Masaki Akiyama
A Florida firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Masaki Akiyama 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 for more of an explanation of...