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How To: Avoid e-Filing Pitfalls [Webinar Recap]

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by Bin Rii
Smokeball Product Manager
on January 19, 2018

I want to thank all those who attended our free webinar on “How To: Avoid e-Filing Pitfalls.” We had an amazing turnout and I’m delighted that we could offer useful and practical education to our legal community.

E-Filing is scary for a lot of attorneys and we covered several topics to make the transition easier. In the webinar, I talked about Illinois Supreme Court Rule changes, why you should create a separate email address for filing, redacting tips, using a file naming convention, and why it’s best to use an integrated e-Filing service provider.

I even got to share one of my favorite quotes about e-Filing during the webinar:

“To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.” Farmers’ Almanac (1978). In parting, we note that the cause of this error was that Carelock’s counsel had unfortunately failed to double-check the document he had electronically transmitted to the District Court. Although the modern use of the computer is a great time-saver, its ease of use should not assuage the almost obsessive attentiveness that is required when filing any document with a court. Otherwise, a scenario such as Carelock’s may occur, which proves the adage that “a computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history—with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.” Mitch Ratcliffe (quoted in Herb Brody, The Pleasure Machine: Computers, Technology Review, Apr. 1992, at 31). U.S. v. Carelock, 459 F.3d 437 (3rd Cir., 2006)

Also, the winner of our $100 Visa gift card drawing from the webinar is Ginger Gosselin of Shaw Law Ltd. in Waukegan, Illinois.

You can view a recording of this webinar by clicking on this link.

E-Filing is a tremendous technological leap forward for the Illinois Courts. However, this change can be very disruptive to your law firm. It’s much easier if you get help from a company that knows the legal landscape of Illinois. Smokeball, as your trusted advisor, is here to help you transition your office with a complete legal practice management software enabling you e-File easily and become more profitable.

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