If your firm files documents in state or federal courts, there are plenty of ways electronic court filing has likely made your life easier. Yet the process of turning key documents into officially accepted court filings can still be stubbornly manual—especially when compared with the ease of moving data in and out of NetDocuments.
There are opportunities for firms to eliminate this manual work by directly integrating the software they use to store documents with the software they use to file cases. But many litigation departments, unaware that this is possible, still spend valuable time redrafting the same information for filing purposes.
You might be wondering, “How can we make things more efficient?”
We’ll help you answer that question (and more) today. Let’s start by looking at the bottlenecks.
While a few U.S. states have only one official eFilingwebsite, many states allow multiple providers to compete for different segmentsof the court filing market: self-represented litigants, firms that fileoccasionally, and everyday filers.
To ensure access to justice for all who interact with the court, these states typically subsidize one free solution that meets the minimum filing requirements for self-represented filers. But this approach has also allowed for the development of more advanced, professional filing software that can include features like integrated process serving, eSignature management, PDF conversion, and the ability to file similar order types in bulk.
But while more advanced software has been a huge boon for anyone filing court documents, most professional filing software still requires users to adopt completely manual workflows that are not significantly faster than the free option. It’s no wonder, then, why even some BigLaw firms are still scraping by with free software that leaves them with plenty of expensive follow-up work.
Some of these unnecessary tasks include:
It can be easy to underestimate how much these hiccups contribute to reducing the efficiency of your firm operations. But any step that can be automated eliminates the opportunity for a costly mistake, and ensures staff are spending time on high-value tasks rather than low-value data management tasks.
Firms with InfoTrack linked to their NetDocuments account can file online documents in any NetDocuments matter to state courts across California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New York, and Texas.
Documents associate to the related matter, and court-stamped copies automatically sync back to a dedicated folder as soon as they’re accepted by the court. Filers no longer have to chase down documents outside of NetDocuments or hunt for them in their emails.
InfoTrack filers can also send court-returned copies of their documents for immediate process service, with key service information pre-populated from the related eFiling order.
Other legal order types that can be managed using InfoTrack’s NetDocuments integration include:
The demands on legal professionals at every level are increasing, and there is no longer any time to waste on manual processes. InfoTrack and NetDocuments help you work seamlessly by enabling you to skip document downloads (and the security vulnerabilities they create) and file directly from your DMS.
It’s free to create an InfoTrack account; all orders are billed per transaction. NetDocuments users can learn more at infotrack.com/netdocuments or by visiting InfoTrack’s listing in the NetDocuments App Directory.
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