Creating a form that others can fill out online can be a little tricky unless you have the proper tools and know-how. Here is everything you need to know about creating fillable and shareable forms in Word and PDF.
Between the nearly 1,000 redactions in Robert Mueller’s report and the failed redactions in the Paul Manafort filings, “redaction” has appeared in the news quite a lot. Uncover why this matters and how you can avoid ever making headlines with redactions.
While most of us are familiar with the process of converting a Word document to a PDF, especially as most courts now require that all eFilings be made in this non-editable format, many remain in the dark with respect to other conversions you can accomplish.
Given the prevalence of eFiling, firms are required to be nearly perfect when submitting their documents to a court. We’ve compiled a last-minute “quick check” to help ensure your next filing is a successful one!
Learn how to merge and split existing PDF documents within the most common software platforms (Adobe Acrobat and Nuance) for a successful court filing.
The Portable Document Format (PDF) has been around since the 1990s and has long been since considered the “gold standard” of document types, independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems. While some have believed the PDF to be “a format that causes headaches for the average person,” the truth […]
You’ve probably heard by now that Illinois State Courts now require electronic filing of court documents almost without exception. As discussed in earlier posts, the courts are rather particular about the formatting of these electronic documents. Scanned PDFs are discouraged. Electronic signatures must be affixed in different formats, depending on […]
When the conversation turns to digital files, a paperless office, and cloud-based storage, many lawyers vow to never give up their accordion files, manila folders, and post-it notes. But the paperless law firm is definitely the wave of the future – or the present for some practices. Like it or […]
By now, most legal professionals in Illinois are familiar with the eFiling requirements imposed by state courts. But do you really know the mechanics of eFiling? For example, do you know when scanned documents are allowed and when they’re not? How about electronic signatures – do those need to be […]
With the rise of electronic court filing in counties and states around the country, it is more and more likely that filers will be able to create and file legal documents without ever handling a piece of paper. So how does that work with physical documents that once needed so […]
In the legal industry, and just about everywhere else, the Portable Document Format (PDF) is the gold standard of file formats, used globally to carry the permanence of a paper document into the digital space. Developed in 1992 by Adobe, the goal was to make the PDF a secure digital […]
When it comes to submitting documents to court, there have always been specific requirements and standards that must be adhered to. Now that eFiling is becoming the preferred way to submit filings in many counties—and will eventually become the only way to file in most—there’s a host of new details […]
eFiling and eService are rapidly replacing the old way of doing things in local courts across the U.S. In Texas, for instance, almost every one of the state’s 260 local courts will soon require electronic filing (and therefore also eService) and in California, more and more courts are moving online […]
Optical character recognition, usually abbreviated to just OCR, is the process of converting image files containing letters and words (such as scans or photographs) into searchable, text-based documents. Now that the eFiling rules in many states, for example in California and Texas, require that electronically filed submissions (including exhibits) be […]
Redaction — the permanent deletion of data from documents — used to be really simple. In the past, thick permanent marker pens were used to black out the information. These days, especially now that eFiling means that many documents need never be printed out, that process doesn’t make sense. It […]
The rapid introduction of electronic filing in courts across the U.S. means that it is now increasingly likely that court documents will only be read digitally. Some digital documents are easier for the courts to handle than others, however. What are the key features of a “court friendly” filing? The […]