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 Practice Advisor] Block Letters: Time Management for Lawyers, Part 2: Email Management
  #156682531 / gettyimages.com In Part 1 of our series on time management, we outlined some basic solutions for improving efficiency.  In this second part of our series, we will focus on email management. Email is the root of most of our time management issues.  The staggering volume of email we send and receive is debilitating.  Many of us make the choice to clear our inboxes during normal work hours, meaning that we are only able to squeeze in the bulk of our substantive work after...
[Avoid a Claim] Homewood Human Solutions e-Courses can now be claimed for the LAWPRO Risk Management credit
As maintaining good mental health and coping well with stress helps lawyers avoid claims, LAWPRO financially supports the Law Society’s Member Assistance Program (MAP), which is administered by Homewood Human Solutions (HHS). As of September 16, 2014, e-Courses offered on the HHS site will now be approved for the LAWPRO Risk Management credit. The approved e-Courses address issues including managing stress, managing alcohol and substance consumption, coping with financial pressures, and...
[Law Technology Today] Multi-Factor Authentication Isn’t Ready For Mainstream
Heard the horror stories of people like Mat Honan being hacked? Like me you may have even had the “pleasure” of someone compromising your debit card (or worse). Not fun. With that in mind, a couple of days ago I was very excited to dive again into Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and write a really awesome post about how easy and effective it has become. Boy was I wrong. Here’s why it’s not worth it, and what you can do instead. Basic Issue: Proving You are, Yes, You Before we jump...
[PA Law Practice Management] Do You Dream of Becoming In-house Counsel?
I wish I had a dollar for every attorney who has asked me over the years how to go about getting their dream in-house counsel position.  Most attorneys imagine that in-house counsel work nine to five, have exorbitant salaries, great retirement plans, stock options, and tons of administrative support.  When I talk to in-house counsel, I get an entirely different perspective. As the saying goes, there are three sides to every story.  A recently published post entitled Law Firm to In-house: Things...
[Avoid a Claim] What keeps family law lawyers up at night? High-conflict cases
Like many areas of practice, family law is going through a period of change. Both clients and their lawyers are questioning traditional modes of practice. Economic woes both cause legal problems, and leave clients with limited resources with which to resolve them. Stress – for both families in crisis and for their lawyers – is a constant reality. Still, within this challenging climate, family lawyers are expected to work diligently and professionally in the service of their clients’ interests....
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Hu Shunliang and Ma-Shan Iron and Steel
A Hawaii firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Nagamoto Hu Shunliang of Ma-Shan Iron and Steel 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Hisayo Yimada
A Colorado firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Hisayo Yimada 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Nagamoto Jim and Renesas Electronics
Seven firms in Ontario and the U.S. have notified us that they received an email from the purported Nagamoto Jim and Renesas 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...
[Law Technology Today] Virtualization of a Law Practice
The phrase “virtual office” comes up often as more lawyers move to embrace cloud computing applications like Box and Dropbox, Google Apps and Office 365, and other services accessible from any device connected to the Internet. On this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Jared Correia interviews AbacusLaw CEO Alessandra Lezama about cloud-based case management systems and why lawyers should virtualize their firms. Lezama explains the difference between desktop as a service (DaaS) and...
[Avoid a Claim] Fraud coverage: Some title insurance policies may not protect your lender client – and may leave you in the cross-hairs
Fraudulent real estate transactions arising out of identity theft continue to be a concern as many real estate lawyers fall victim to unscrupulous imposter clients. Identity fraud has become increasingly difficult to detect as the quality of false identification and other documents improves. Further, fraudsters enlist the assistance of others to play the role of banker or other “neutrals” who will purportedly confirm the legitimacy of the transaction for a fee, thereby thwarting efforts by...