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] How to recognize your computer is infected with malware
Ideally you have one or more types of properly updated anti-malware software running on your computers and networks. And hopefully that software detects and prevents any malware infections from occurring. However, because anti-malware software may not detect an infection, watch for the symptoms that can indicate a computer is infected with malware. These include: It takes longer than usual for your computer to start up, it restarts on its own or doesn’t start up at all; It takes a long time...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Hits Friday: Extranets, and the Exceptional Client Experience
There are two competing views this week on the use of extranets and client portals, though. On the one hand, there is Mitch Jackson, 2013 California Litigation Lawyer of the Year, who believes there are certain things lawyers must do today in order to stay digitally relevant, raise the bar, and give your clients an exceptional experience. One of the those things is 24/7 Client Satisfaction. He doesn’t just mean being an advocate for your client. He means also giving clients access to...
[Avoid a Claim] The menace of malware
Malicious software (“malware”) is one of the most common ways law firm computers and networks are infiltrated and compromised by cyber criminals. The malicious intent behind malware usually involves gaining unauthorized access to computers or networks to steal money, passwords or valuable information, or to cause disruptions or destroy data. Malware can affect individual computers, firm networks and even the operation of the Internet. In many cases, people will not know their computer is...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names David Payling and DSF Trading Ltd
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported David Payling of DSF Trading Ltd looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. 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 Page for more of...
[Law Technology Today] Save 15% on Books at ABA TECHSHOW this Week
Stop by the ABA Law Practice Division Bookstore during ABA TECHSHOW 2014 this week to save 15% on all LP books and browse the latest legal technology releases! Registered conference attendees can also save an additional $10 with their LP Book Buck. The Bookstore is located in the lower-level lobby just outside the EXPO Hall, and will be open on Thursday (9:00am-7:00pm) and Friday (9:00am-3:00pm).  If you can’t make it to ABA TECHSHOW this year, you can still check out LP’s newest...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Tomohisa Tsukamoto and Kaga Electronics
An Iowa firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Tomohisa Tsukamoto of Kaga Electronics looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. 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 Page for more...
[PA Law Practice Management] A Guide for the Surviving Spouse
Lancaster, PA attorney Patti S. Spencer is a nationally recognized Trusts, Estates and Taxation Lawyer, Writer and Expert Witness. Her areas of concentration include trusts: estate administration, settlement, and planning; inheritance tax: fiduciary liability,  and tax planning.  A recent issue of her e-Newsletter “Taxing Matters” has a very practical Guide providing advice for a surviving spouse.  For example, item #5 of a total of 17 tips is: Don’t start giving things away.  Until...
[PA Law Practice Management] How One Keystroke Can Undo Your Deal — Confidentiality:
What does a teenager have in common with confidentiality?  Absolutely nothing.  Today’s youth live out their lives on social media without a thought of consequences from sharing every thought and action.  Following is a guest blog by Wayne, PA employment lawyer Robin Bond.  Read about how a college-age daughter’s Facebook post cost her father $80,000. These are your employees and clients, folks.  Make sure they understand the meaning of the term “confidential...
[Avoid a Claim] The LAWPRO $250,000 cybercrime coverage: What it covers and why
As of the 2014 policy year, the LAWPRO mandatory insurance program will include express coverage in the amount of $250,000 for losses related to cybercrime, as defined in the policy. This sublimit (or cap) of coverage provides a modest “safety net” for lawyers in the area of cybercrime exposure. We say modest because like the fraud risks the profession has faced over the years, there is no way to predict the total possible exposure, and prevention is a far better tool to deal with this societal...
[Law Technology Today] Clio’s Apple in Law Offices Survey, by the Numbers
If you were asked which three advancements most dramatically altered the legal landscape, what would you answer? The Code of Hammurabi? The Magna Carta? How about the iPad? Clio, the leading cloud-based practice management solution, has released the results of their 2013 ‘Apple In Law Offices’ survey. The survey, detailing Apple device usage in law firms across North America, shows exactly how far the influence of Cupertino extends in the legal industry. Turn over the device you’re using to...