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] Separation agreement scam using the name Xuge Harper
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Xuge Harper 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] Separation agreement scam using the name Lisa Chun
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Lisa Chun 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] Separation agreement scam using the name Gloria Daley
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Gloria Daley 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] 10 Reasons to Buy a MacBook Pro for Your Solo Practice
What kind of performance do you expect in a laptop?  Do your “must haves” include: Fast startup Applications that load quickly Long battery life Top-notch camera and display Built-in hard drive encryption Built-in password management Automatic security screening for downloaded apps … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Supporting the Flow of Communication in the Modern Law Firm
In this age of big data and ubiquitous access to information, the legal industry is increasingly faced with an onslaught of emerging technologies that protect, secure, and amplify information. The most significant of these developments are in the telecommunications sphere. The advancements to network infrastructure, mobile devices, and security measures greatly enhance a law firm’s ability to communicate with clients and each other, as well as access, deliver, and store information—all of which...
[Law Practice Advisor] Catch-Up Withholding: The Difficulty in Acquiring Client Consent Following Representation
View image | gettyimages.com   Previously, at the LOMAP Blog, we considered the potential effectiveness of moving to a paperless law practice, buttressed by an analysis of issues related to client inclusion in the process — specifically, we addressed the importance of acquiring client consent prior to the destruction of case files. But, what if you don’t gain the client’s consent to your proposed file destruction procedures at the outset of representation? Well the short answer is...
[Avoid a Claim] 20 Red Flags of Bad Cheque Fraud You Should Recognize
Lawyers in all areas of practice continue to be the frequent targets of bad cheque scams. These scams involve debt collections, business loans, IP licensing disputes or spousal support payments. While it appears Ontario lawyers are increasingly aware of these frauds, occasionally some are being duped into disbursing funds on a bad cheque they have deposited in their trust accounts. Don’t be complacent and think you will never be fooled. These frauds are getting ever more sophisticated. The...
[Avoid a Claim] The Importance of Keeping Complete Client Files
Beverly Michaelis, writing in the Oregon Law Practice Management blog, challenges lawyers to think about whether they are keeping a complete copy of client files. Often the answer is no, and there are three arguments against doing so: “I don’t want to store the paper” “Scanning is too time consuming” “The court has all my pleadings” Each argument has some validity, but Ms. Michaelis provides some rebuttals and practical solutions to make keeping files...
[Law Technology Today] 7 Questions of Highly Effective Networkers
Part 2 of The Art and Science of Rainmaking in the Modern Law Firm.  Whether you’re a lawyer, accountant, bread baker, or candlestick maker, business professionals realize that networking is a great way to meet prospective clients and build their businesses. Certainly, networking isn’t exclusive to chamber of commerce meetings and after hours business mixers. People build their networks in all kinds of scenarios—at PTA meetings, at their son or daughter’s basketball practice, at the gym, etc. ...
[Avoid a Claim] Would you get caught in a trust vs. gift dispute when handling purchase funds?
It can be uncomfortable to talk about money. When handling real estate purchases and domestic contracts, however, lawyers can’t afford to accept purchase funds on a “no questions asked” basis. Why not? Because if purchase funds come from somebody other than the prospective owner, the doctrine of resulting trust presumes that, regardless of who is on title, the owner holds the property in trust for whoever advanced the funds. In this article from the February 2015 issue of LAWPRO Magazine, Lisa...