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] Top Billing Mistakes Attorneys Make and How To Fix Them
As an attorney, you meet with clients, deliver work as promised, and then, eventually, out goes the invoice. Dealing with bills is likely not what made you want to became an attorney but in order to get paid on time and continue to practice law, you sometimes need to focus on billing just as much as practicing your passion. Otherwise, you may end up making some careless errors that could’ve been avoided. Watch this video and discover the tools available to you, so you never commit costly...
[Law Technology Today] The Lean Startup: Eliminating Wasteful Practices in Your Law Firm?
The idea of a lean business was recently made popular by Eric Ries’s book, “The Lean Startup.” The lean concept involves eliminating waste and resources that don’t create value for the end client. This practice has become predominant in the tech world, in which companies create a minimum viable product, test it early and often, and adapt to client feedback. But how can we adapt lean concepts to law firms and the legal industry that is service-based? Where should a new law firm start? In this...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] What’s Your Bag?
♫  He ain’t no drag  He’s got a brand new bag… ♫ Lyrics, music and recorded by: James Brown.   This post continues the ‘no brainer’ posts about technology.  This time it is about a bit of technology that most people don’t put much thought into, I suspect, namely their computer laptop bag. Now some people will say that a bag is a bag is a bag.  I am not one of them. In fact I can say that I am quite particular about my bag.  I had a nice laptop bag given...
[Avoid a Claim] Sidney Troister on the red flags of real estate fraud and how you can protect yourself
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! There is great advice from Sidney Troister on the red flags of real estate fraud and how you can avoid being a victim in this Torkin Manes bulletin (reproduced with permission): Much has been written about the flags of mortgage fraud, with a description of flags often buried in articles not read very carefully. In the interests of brevity, and as a tool for you and your staff to have a ready simple guide, here are some of the most common flags...
[Avoid a Claim] Newly called in Ontario? Visit lawpro.ca for the insurance information you need
As a lawyer recently called to the Ontario Bar for the first time, you will need to advise LAWPRO of your current practising status. Generally speaking, your Law Society record will be electronically received by LAWPRO the first full work week in the month following your Call to the Ontario Bar. Once this file is received by LAWPRO, a Welcome Package containing information about your Professional Liability Insurance status will be mailed to you from LAWPRO, so we would encourage you to...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan fraud using the name Donna Switzer
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Donna Switzer looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan 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 Page for more of an...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Timothy Reed and Michigan Tool & Broach
A New York firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Timothy Reed of Michigan Tool & Broach 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 Fraud...
[Law Technology Today] 6 Questions to Ask Before Restructuring Your Business to Unbundle
A successful lawyer knows that the legal profession may play by its own set of rules and regulations, but it is not sitting in an isolated bubble. From time to time it is good to take a multidisciplinary approach to reevaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a law practice by thinking more like a business owner than a trained lawyer. Before you start to unbundle your law practice, ask yourself the following six questions. Answers will differ for every law firm depending on the stage it is at...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Ever Consider Using Live Chat on your Law Firm Website?
Originally posted on NWSidebar:Some bold lawyers have introduced “live chat” functions on their websites to get leads, but is this a good idea? Some bold lawyers have introduced “live chat” functions on their websites to get leads, but is…
[Law Technology Today] Keeping the Scorecard of Your Practice
The word “control” resonates with every attorney I have ever met. “Keeping score” is my synonym for control. I will venture to say I want you to have some fun keeping score! Before you say, “I am not a numbers person,” think about the numbers. “Keeping score” means knowing and controlling the money generated and used by your law practice. You want to know where the money comes from and where the money goes. But no green eyeshades are necessary! Predicting the Future A budget is the “predicting...