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] The six most common ways non-tech people fall victim to cybercrime
ZDnet’s article on the six most common ways non tech people can fall victim to cybercrime demonstrates how employees (or even management) with low levels of technical knowledge can be the weak spot in a firm’s cybersecurity strategy. Sometimes it may be just the individual that suffers the consequences, but potentially they can open the door to for criminals to hack a larger network. Hackers know this, and often target these people with malicious scams, adware or password breaks...
[Law Technology Today] Where to Start With Business Development
Business development entails two principle kinds of activities: One-time activities to establish the overarching business development. Recurring activities that constitute the ongoing business development process. Taken together, the framework and the process constitute the business development system. Before you embark on the business development process, you must put the framework in place. A sound business development framework provides a strategic context in which individual development ...
[Avoid a Claim] Four tips to avoid a challenge to your will or trust
Donna Heller, a divorce lawyer in Arizona, has four tips to help clients avoid having their wills or trusts challenged by disgruntled beneficiaries. Normally LAWPRO advises lawyers on things they should do to avoid a claim related to drafting a will, but this is good advice they can pass on to their clients (especially as disgruntled family who challenge a will can also lead to claims). Here are the four suggestions, and you can click here to read the full article. Keep communications with...
[PA Law Practice Management] Why You Need a Real Lawyer -3
Beware!!  Before you replace a lawyer with an internet-based “legal service” provider, consider that the results can be disastrous. What they do is provide quick forms for legal needs.  They advertise their availability on television.  They provide forms for business formation, wills, divorce, Powers of Attorney, estate plans, and more. No doubt you’ve heard or read that Bar Associations in most states have sued most of these providers for something called the Unauthorized...
[PA Law Practice Management] Why You Need a Real Lawyer -2
Before you replace a lawyer with an internet-based “legal service” provider, think carefully. What they do is provide quick forms for legal needs.  They advertise their availability on television.  They provide forms for business formation, wills, Powers of Attorney, estate plans, and more.  Beware!!  The results can be disastrous. No doubt you’ve heard or read that Bar Associations in most states have sued most of these providers for something called the Unauthorized Practice...
[PA Law Practice Management] Why You Need a Real Lawyer
There are a number of internet-based “legal service” providers, who provide quick forms for legal needs.  They advertise on television quite a bit.  They provide forms for incorporation, wills and estate plans, and more.  Beware!!  The results can be disastrous. No doubt you’ve heard or read that Bar Associations in most states have sued most of these providers for the Unauthorized Practice of Law.   Unless you are a lawyer or employed in the legal field, you probably felt...
[Avoid a Claim] Coverage exception in title insurance policies catches lenders’ lawyers off guard
This article by Kathleen Waters, President & CEO of LAWPRO, originally appeared in the December 26, 2013 issue of The Lawyers Weekly published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. In September, LAWPRO received an unwelcome surprise – the first in a series of claims based on an exception to coverage in residential lender title insurance policies. That first claim has been followed by six more (so far). Combined losses over this issue are approaching $2 million, with one of the claims reaching the...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Miki Susumu
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Miki Susumu 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...
[Law Technology Today] Why Corporate Law is Ready for Technological Innovation
Undeniably, technology has revolutionized the business world, rapidly changing and expanding in every field imaginable. When it comes to the legal services industry, technological innovation is no exception. This is not surprising given the size and scope of the market—the second largest professional service industry in the U.S. With the 250 largest law firms employing more than 113,000 lawyers, this industry has the means and the need for technology to help address the many challenges facing...
[Avoid a Claim] Fraud report for January 2015
After a somewhat quiet December (127 emails and 12 new fraud alert posts), the pace increased in January. We received 187 emails from lawyers and posted on 18 new fraud attempts. 58% of the emails this month came from the U.S., 34% from Ontario, 8% from elsewhere in Canada and 8% from overseas. 16 of the 18 fraud alerts were commercial debt/purchase scams. Click here to read about the various email fraud scenarios. We’ve come up with a new way to visually convey the scope of the fraud...