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] Technology and Your Practice: The Double-Edged Sword
Many attorneys are integrating at least some new technology into their practice. If they are doing it the right way, this can be a great tool. There are, however, a lot of pitfalls you need to look out for when integrating technology. TL;DR To sum it all up, if you are going to use technology in your practice, know what you’re doing. Ask the questions that need to be asked and ensure you actually understand the answers. Discuss your use of technology with your clients to ensure they are...
[The Last Word] Do You Provide First Class Legal Services?
If you’d like to learn to make yourself invaluable to current and future clients, the latest addition to the PMAP Checkout Library can point the way. Although seemingly aimed at a small segment of the legal field, Succeeding as Outside Counsel: A Lawyer’s Guide to Providing First Class Legal Services from the Client’s Perspective is […]
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Thinking about Partnership?
A potential partnership between lawyers sparks many issues – capitalization; entity formation; allocation of profits, losses, income, and expenses; restrictions on partnership authority; division of management duties; decision-making; withdrawal; and more. But the most important consideration is often ignored: basic … Continue reading →
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Independent but Engaged: Support Networks for Solos
There are plenty of good reasons for choosing sole practice, or for transitioning into sole practice after practising with a firm. You may have chosen to practise in a small community; you may have opened a sole practice because you couldn’t find the right fit with a firm in your chosen area of practice; or you may be a person with a naturally independent work style and a desire to be your own boss. Whatever a lawyer’s reasons, sole practice is a choice that can be profitable and personally...

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[Law Technology Today] Courtroom Technology: 23 Years Ago, and Today
Technology in the courtroom is always changing. It is how we adapt to and utilize these changes and advances in technology that can make the difference between winning and losing a case at trial. I began trying cases 23 years ago. For quite some time, I used an easel with large white paper that you could write on and then flip over and write on the next page. I found it quite effective to use during trial. In fact, I outlined my entire opening statement on those flipcharts. I can still remember...
[SC Small Firm] Stand up!
Sitting at your desk all day is not good for your health! Studies show that even if you hit the gym after work, your efforts may not undo the effects of sitting in your chair all day. Although most of us have heard about the treadmill desk craze, did you know you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to have some of the same benefits? To counteract the health risks of prolonged sitting, try taking regular walking breaks around the office. Set an alarm to remind yourself to get up and...
[Avoid a Claim] Subdivision control under the Planning Act: What do you need to know?
The subdivision and part lot control provisions of section 50 of the Planning Act (the “section”) are lengthy and complex. Sometimes it can be difficult to sort out the parts that apply to a present-day transaction, or the extent of the abutting lands search that is needed to confirm that no contravention occurred in the past. The consequences of contravention are dire: if a transfer, mortgage or other dealing with land does not comply with the section or a predecessor, it does not create or...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Kiyoyuki Suzuki
A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Kiyoyuki Suzuki 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...
[Law Practice Advisor] LOMAP Discount Announced for MILOfest 2014
The popular Mac Lovin’ fest is back this October 23-25 at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.  If you use (or are thinking about using) Mac or iOS products in your law practice, this conference is for you.  MILOfest is an outgrowth of the Macs in the Law Office Google Group (MILO), a discussion listserv for legal professionals using Macs and iOS products in their law offices. Image credit: MILOfest.com MILOfest brings together legal professionals around the continent to network, share tips, and...
[Law Technology Today] How Lawyer-Entrepreneur Hybrid Terence McEnally Launched BernieSez to connect Ticketed Drivers with Lawyers
When Terence McEnally ventured into the ancient world of law, he never imagined he would become an entrepreneur of the Internet age. He had imagined the practice of law was based on reasoned thought and discussion, much like philosophy that he majored in as an undergraduate. As many newly minted law school graduates learn, the practice of law does not always meet the ideal. McEnally has been practicing law comfortably for 20 years, having learned some hard lessons. Marketing, for example, is...