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] Commercial debt collection scam using the name Suzannah Carretto
Five Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Suzannah Carretto looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection.. This appears to be 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 Fraud Page for more of an...
[Law Technology Today] Summer Reading for the Tech-Savvy Lawyer
While sunbathing on the beach, on vacation, or on a lazy summer weekend, many people (including lawyers) read technology books, nonfiction, literature, or, if we’re like Tom, post-apocalyptic science fiction. Due to technology like Kindles and iPads, many people have changed how they read, but is technology affecting the summer reading tradition? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the changing nature of reading (or listening to) books, talk...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] How Long Should You Take to Return Phone Calls?
♫ One ringy-dingy…two ringy-dingies…♫ Ernestine/Miss Tomlin (Lily Tomlin on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in). How long should you wait before you return a telephone call?  According to Debra J. Schmidt, Loyalty Leader: “Returning phone calls used to be a common courtesy. Now, busy people claim they don’t have the time. I don’t buy that excuse. I’ve found that the most successful, busy people I know are the ones I can rely on to return my call the same day...
[Avoid a Claim] Monthly fraud report for August 2015
August saw an uptick in fraud emails (back to June levels), though the summer is still quieter than the first quarter of the year. We received 116 emails from lawyers in August (up from 87 in July) and posted on 15 new fraud attempts (7 in July). 49% of the emails this month came from Ontario, 45% from the US, 3% from elsewhere in Canada and 3% overseas. 14 of the 15 posts dealt with commercial debt collection scams, with the other being a real estate bad deposit cheque scam. Click here to...
[Law Technology Today] Accepting Credit Card Payments – Boon or Bust?
As part of the push to speed up bill paying, many law firms are tempted to accept—and even promote—payment by credit cards. What could go wrong with faster cash flow? A lot. Join us for “Accepting Credit Card Payments—Boon or Bust?” on Wednesday, September 16th to learn how to implement the best solutions for credit card payments. Gain insight on: Accepting credit cards at your firm vs. cash or checks. Challenges caused by your merchant services provider. Avoiding issues caused by...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Windows 7 and 8 Updates Include Data Mining Features
Should you install the latest Windows update?  Depends how you feel about data mining. Similar to Windows 10, the most recent updates for Windows 7 and 8 will collect data on users.  Unfortunately, the features that gather data on users … Continue reading →
[Avoid a Claim] Immigration consequences of criminal convictions: An update
Last November, we published a post about the intersection of criminal and immigration law, and specifically about the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act – legislation that made it easier to deport non-citizens sentenced to at least six months for a criminal offence. The strict application of the IRPA makes lawyers more vulnerable to claims when they fail to appreciate – or to take action to mitigate − the implications of a six-month sentence for a client’s right to appeal a deportation...
[Law Technology Today] Demystifying IT Managed Services
IT managed services can sometimes seem to be a vague or confusing concept. Different managed services providers will bundle different services, while others offer various levels of service, such as silver, gold, platinum or other names that explain and mean nothing to a law firm. Amidst this stormy sea of offerings, how do you know how to select the right provider and contract to elevate your business and sail into clear waters? What is IT Managed Services? Simply put, IT managed services is...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Starting (or Restarting) Your Law Firm with "Why?"
Patrick J. Lamb of the Valorem Law Group spends more time than the average lawyer thinking about the operations of law firms. He is the author of the book Alternative Fees for Litigators and Their Clients. He has written and...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Ensure Extra Security on Your iPhone – Replace Your 4 Digit Pin
For most users of the iPhone, the simple 4-digit pin is sufficient security as it encrypts your device, but it is easily hackable as there are only 10,000 possible combinations. When Apple releases iOS 9 this month, all phones running it will require 6 digits, but even with those extra digits are not strong enough. As an attorney, you need to go beyond basic […]