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] 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Getting the Most Out of MS Office for iPad
So you’ve download Office for iPad, now what?  Learn how to get the most out of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint by watching the tutorials available from InvestinTech.  If you are new to Office for iPad, start with the General … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Using the 24 Item Clipboard Menu in PowerPoint
Storing multiple images or blurbs of text temporarily so you can paste them in various locations within a PowerPoint slideshow can be a huge time-saver! Most people think that the Clipboard holds just one item … the last item copied. A little-known or forgotten feature, found in all MS Office applications, is the Clipboard that holds up to 24 items. To activate the multi-Clipboard in PowerPoint, select the launcher from the Clipboard group in the Home ribbon. Now you are ready to copy items...
[Avoid a Claim] Fraud prevention resource: The Little Black Book of Scams
The Canadian Anti-Fraud centre has posted a link to “The Little Black Book of Scams”, published by the Comptetion Bureau. Its a 30 page pdf booklet that explains all the kinds of scams that target the public these days and how they can be spotted and avoided. Topics covered include charity scams, lottery scams, romance scams and employment scams. It’s a great resource for law office staff, as well as something lawyers could make their clients aware of. To download it, click...
[Law Practice Advisor] She (or He) Being Brand New: Blogging for Professional Development
English: Anxious Athlete Waiting at Starting Line (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Many new lawyers I talk to are reluctant to start blogging, even as it’s a tremendous content marketing tool that is one of the best ways for lawyers to build their expertise, and their following. A variant of the same, simple protestation is always made: ‘But, What can I write about? I’m not an expert.’ Of course, that’s entirely the point — especially when you’re starting out. What most new lawyers gloss over...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Leonard Tee
Firms in California and Alberta have notified us that they received an email from the purported Leonard Tee 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...
[Law Technology Today] Branding Basics for Beginners
Branding is something that I have found most lawyers struggle with – either they don’t think they need it, they don’t know how to do it, or they don’t even know what it is or what it means. In my personal experience, I created a brand without even knowing I was doing it. I had no idea that I was creating my brand recognition and paving the road for what would become Think Pink Law. I just did what I loved to do, which is write on my blog and use social media to connect with people. It’s...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO defends lawyers: ‘Failure to insist on ILA not negligent where transaction clearly benefits client’
LAWPRO defends a wide variety of cases in any given year. In almost 80 per cent of the claims files we handle, there is ultimately no finding of negligence against the lawyer that was the subject of a claim. Occasionally, our work on a lawyer’s behalf is made easier by having compelling facts on our side. But even where the facts are more balanced, LAWPRO counsel strive to put forward rigorous and well supported defences on the part of our insured − not only to avoid a loss in any particular...