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] Warning re: claims exposure where private mortgage advance goes to third party
LAWPRO has become aware of a new exception to coverage in certain title insurance policies which could expose real estate practitioners to claims from their private lender clients. The issue has recently arisen in connection with private residential mortgage transactions, and in particular where the lender and borrower are separately represented, as required, because the loan is more than $50,000. This is the basic scenario: After the lender’s and borrower’s lawyers conduct their respective...
[Avoid a Claim] Paths to Success: ‘Find Yourself a Champion, Then Pay it Forward’
“Diversity” describes the characteristics of a group. When we examine how diversity influences the profession as a whole, it’s easy to lose sight of the experience of being an individual lawyer, with specific identity characteristics, practising law in Ontario. While cultural sensitivity benefits all lawyers, what is it like to practice law when, at least with respect to some aspect of your identity, you are in the minority? We posed that question to the four lawyers profiled...
[Law Technology Today] 3 Reasons to Avoid Online Forms for Wills and Estate Planning
The Internet is a wonderful tool for so many areas of life. However, drafting legal documents is not necessarily one of them. While it may sound enticing to use that website form to draft your will, here are three reasons to reconsider that decision. They are state specific. The online forms you come across may or may not work. These forms tend to not be state specific which means your will may or may not be valid. If you are going to take the time to draft a will or any other estate planning...
[PA Law Practice Management] Why Family-Owned Businesses Fail
Business litigation attorney Edward T. Kang — Managing Member of  Kang Haggerty & Fetbroyt LLC in Philadelphia — recently appeared as a guest columnist in the September 2014 monthly edition of Philadelphia Business Journal.  His article, “The three big reasons family businesses fail . . . and how to avoid them” is right on target. Four of my uncles worked in my grandfather’s healthy business, which he built from scratch.  My grandfather had a fur cleaning,...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Law Society of Upper Canada’s Alternative Business Structures Discussion Paper Posted – Comments Wanted
The Law Society’s Alternative Business Structures Working Group has posted its Alternative Business Structures Discussion Paper on the Law Society’s dedicated web page at www.lsuc.on.ca/ABS/ Feedback and comments are sought from all interested legal system stakeholders.
[Avoid a Claim] Law Society of Upper Canada’s Alternative Business Structures Discussion Paper
The Law Society’s Alternative Business Structures Working Group has posted its Alternative Business Structures Discussion Paper on the Law Society’s dedicated web page at www.lsuc.on.ca/ABS/ Feedback and comments are sought from all interested legal system stakeholders.
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Cultural Competence: An Essential Skill in an Increasingly Diverse World
With each passing day, the legal profession becomes ever more diverse. That diversity brings challenges and opportunities. LAWPRO turned to diversity specialist Ritu Bhasin, Founder and President of bhasin consulting inc., for practical advice about the steps that lawyers and firms can take to welcome lawyers regardless of their personal and cultural identity characteristics, and to foster productive and creative collaboration. What is cultural competence? Bhasin defines cultural competence as...
[Avoid a Claim] Paths to Success: ‘Experiment and be open to opportunities when building your career’
“Diversity” describes the characteristics of a group. When we examine how diversity influences the profession as a whole, it’s easy to lose sight of the experience of being an individual lawyer, with specific identity characteristics, practising law in Ontario. While cultural sensitivity benefits all lawyers, what is it like to practice law when, at least with respect to some aspect of your identity, you are in the minority? We posed that question to the four lawyers profiled...
[Avoid a Claim] Monthly fraud summary for September 2014
The pace of email frauds picked up a bit in September, after lawyers (and maybe the fraudsters) returned to work after the summer. We received 298 emails from lawyers, and posted on 17 new scams. 68% of the emails this month came from the U.S., 22% from Ontario, 2% from elsewhere in Canada and 8% from overseas. Here is the latest that map showing where emails to ‘fraudinfo@lawpro.ca’ orginated. (click to enlarge) Here are the email fraud posts we did in June sorted by scenario: Commercial debt...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The Clock is Ticking! October is the Time to Report Unclaimed Funds
Are you holding unclaimed or abandoned client funds in your trust account?  If the answer is yes, October is the month to pay the funds over to the bar and send the paperwork to the Department of State Lands.  Consider … Continue reading →