Beginning in March 2020 courts in nearly every state moved to allowing—if not requesting—eFiling (or e-filing) for certain cases, especially those in civil and family law matters. While some states, such as California, had long required many cases to make use of legal technology to conduct court filing electronically, the coronavirus pandemic made the process more widely accessible and accepted.
This current switch may provide a preview of how virtual cases may be handled in the legal field after COVID-19.
Companies like InfoTrack and One Legal (in California), have been offering e-filing services for years. They work with case management software, such as Smokeball, to automatically pull information from your matters and populate PDFs for electronic delivery to your local or state court. With eFiling you can rest assured that your materials are delivered quickly and securely, eliminating not just paper, but stress, from your office.
Smokeball has an exclusive integration with InfoTrack, which means that law firms using our case management software can use InfoTrack and DocuSign to sign and send documents electronically, modify them to include personalized information and options, and track them from signature to receipt via a powerful reporting window.
Not sure if your court accepts eFiling? Look no further than InfoTrack’s court search bar, which scans all PACER searches, bankruptcy and Federal courts, and your local and state courts. It’s an increasing likelihood that your local courts accept e-filing, but with InfoTrack built directly into your case management platform, you can file with peace of mind.
Of course no one knows what the future of the legal field will look like following COVID-19. But certain virtual and digital solutions—such as eFiling or video conferencing—are likely to take hold in a fair number of jurisdictions. By migrating all of your client data into one platform (Smokeball) you’ll be able to keep up with any and all advancements that will mark law’s future.