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.
What makes a “run-on document” and how can you avoid it when submitting filings electronically with the court?
How do you create legal documents for eFiling? Review the most important details about digital documents and start training your team to create documents that will be eFiling-ready.
Not all courts have moved to electronic court filing and even those which have keep some documents exempt. Between court files and internal paperwork, an awful lot gets printed in any given law office. If you’re not ready to make the move to a paperless law office, there are several […]
It’s happened again. You go to send an important contract or confirm an agreement but somehow your eSignature won’t save on the document. To make matters worse, the document has signature lines for you and the partner in charge and you can’t get her eSignature to affix either. Or maybe […]
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 […]
Remember the days of skimming documents in search of that key term or phrase? Or scanning pages to find exactly where you mentioned that important detail? Thanks to text searchability for legal documents, that process became a whole lot easier when working on digital files. In order to work in […]
Whether you’ve attained eFiling guru status or you’re still an eFiling novice, you could find yourself smack dab in the middle of a transaction and suddenly realize there’s a problem. Your heart rate quickens and your adrenaline pumps as you wring your hands and frantically try to problem solve. What’s […]
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 […]
In just about every role in a legal office, you’ll find yourself creating multiple documents for clients, cases, and financial purposes. Each type of document will often require the same format with headings, logos, font types, spacing, and more. Create templates and save for company-wide use to keep specific designs […]
Attorneys are bound by the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.6: Confidentiality of Information, which notes that “A lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, information relating to the representation of a client.” But it’s not just the […]