‘Finally, vacation!’ How Email to File can help law firms

You’re starting your own firm and aren’t ready to hire a paralegal just yet.

A huge case has added dozens of documents to your to-do list.

You are the paralegal and the legal secretary at your firm and can’t quite keep up with all the filing.

Your paralegal is sick and you have filing deadlines coming up.

It’s finally time for your vacation and your attorneys need an easy way to file documents.

You are representing yourself in a case and aren’t sure the best way to file in your court.

eFiling is new in your court and you’d rather focus on your caseload than on new requirements.




Getting documents filed in time is a common challenge for legal professionals. The American Bar Association lists “missing deadlines” as the number one cause of malpractice claims. And if the final steps to submit the documents are a big part of the hold up, One Legal’s service may help.

Each of these scenarios—and more—represent a time when Email to File could be the saving grace for your law firm. But how does it work?

What is Email to File?

Email to File is a hyper-convenient recent addition to One Legal’s services, which offers a comprehensive review, complete assembly, and filing of documents.

Legal professionals or self-represented litigants can simply send in a prepared document and an experienced specialist will review the filing to check for common errors and adherence to state and local rules.

In eFiling courts, we will convert all documents to PDF, bookmark exhibits as needed, and apply “optical character recognition,” which allows court officials to easily search the document. In counties where eFiling is not yet available, our Email to File team assembles the documents and delivers them straight to the court.

For most courts, your documents will be submitted the very same day that you send off the email. In more rural or remote areas that require court papers to be physically delivered, documents can be submitted as soon as the following day.

Email to File does not include legal advice, and our specialists will never make changes to your documents directly. We will call you directly with anything we notice, and point out ways in which the papers may not adhere to court rules, show you to the related regulation, and make formatting-based recommendations.

Our team examines documents for pagination errors, common formatting issues, lack of signature, the scan quality of exhibits, confirmation of correct case information, and other common rejection reasons.

How do I Email to File?

  1. Confirm the filing date and prepare documents well before the last day
  2. Write up your document using the checklist for your state as a guide
  3. Get the documents signed as needed
  4. Visit One Legal for the details that must be included
  5. Email your documents for quick and easy filing to emailtofile@onelegal.com.

 Place an Email to File order

If you’re in the position of having a higher caseload than your current support team can handle, or are looking for ways to improve the efficiency of your support staff, Email to File could be just the service to cover your legal support gaps.

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Please remember, we’re not a law firm and, while we’re staffed by highly knowledgeable legal document specialists, we’re not legal professionals. We will file the documents you send us using the information you provide us. Of course, we’ll check for common errors, like missing pages, unsigned signature blocks, or absent information. However, we cannot advise on what to file and when, or on the contents of your filings.

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Lindsey Dean is the Content Marketing Manager for One Legal where she is fueled by coffee, tea, and food for the imagination.

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