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Family Law Tip of the Week: Client Email Addresses and Why We're Behind with E-Filing - Family Law News

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Family Law News

Posted on: Oct 31, 2017

Welcome to Tip of the Week! Judicial officers will offer a tip each week for members of the Family Law Section. Feel free to send suggestions to Mag. Kim Mattingly at

By Mag. Kimberly Dean Mattingly, Marion Superior Court

This week’s tip comes from one of my favorite practitioners and can be filed under the heading CYA:
Add a provision to your client fee agreements that they will maintain a valid email address and notify you of any changes to it. That way, you can forward orders and other information quickly, inexpensively, and create proof of receipt.
And, a topic for discussion that evolved from a chat with a colleague: we were trying to figure out why we are more often behind now that e-filing is here, since we used to have no problem keeping up with paper. One theory is that the ease of e-filing means lawyers are more likely to file a Response or Reply to Response (or whatever comes after that). After all, you can fire off a pleading from the comfort of your jammies at home and it costs less than printing it, making copies and mailing to everyone. Personally, my favorite legal mantra is “Just because you CAN, does not mean you SHOULD.” Do you agree?

Stay tuned for a new tip next week!

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