Sunday, October 12, 2014

Attention Attorneys: New Domains Available for your Practice

This past week, a new set of TLDs (Top Level Domains) were released that may be of interest to legal professionals and other legal service providers.

The domains include:

  • .attorney
  • .law
  • .lawyer

So instead of trying to search for a custom domain in the saturated market of .com, you can now potentially have http://www.top.lawyer as your domain instead of http://www.toplawyer.com.

Good luck if you are trying to purchase a short & sweet domain. I picked up justinkey.lawyer for $35 per year (on sale) after refusing to pay $1,600 per year for key.lawyer because the latter is considered a "premium" domain by the registry. So be careful if your last name or desired domain has 3 letters or fewer (according to GoDaddy).

I also had to complete a questionnaire during the registration process about my accreditation as an attorney and whether I was using the domains to provide legal services, for which I input the name, phone and fax number for the Indiana State Bar Association to continue the process.

Now may be the time to get away from that AOL or Yahoo address that you may use for professional correspondence, and transition to a more customized presence online for your firm.

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Tech-Friendly Legal Websites are Live

Our old firm website (http://www.kentuckyindianadivorce.com) was starting to age, and was based on older technology that needed to be upgraded.

We also decided to split our sites to better serve the needs of our clients on each side of the Ohio River. These new sites are based on a modern platform that should allow us to incorporate more modern tools to help individuals calculate child support, review court rules, and perform other tasks related to their case online. Thanks for everyone's feedback and support as we launch the new sites.

502Divorce.com - http://www.502divorce.com

812Divorce.com - http://www.812divorce.com

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ten (10) Thoughts after Two (2) Hours of Kentucky E-Filing Training

As regular readers will know, e-filing has been a common topic here. (And unfortunately, many times the only topic.)

On Wednesday, I attended a two-hour training hosted by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) in Frankfort, Kentucky. This training will be required for all attorneys to use the new e-filing system as it is implemented statewide before the end of 2015.

(For a list of training dates/sites and to register, go here: http://kyefiling.eventbrite.com)

Here are the main points I took away from the session:

  1. E-filing + CourtNet 2.0.  Once you go through the training, you will see why attorneys are now having to pay a monthly fee to access cases through CourtNet 2.0 (and why that service came ahead of the e-filing project). While there is no additional monthly charge for e-filing (and there is an option for a free e-filer account with no CourtNet 2.0 access to other cases in which you are not an e-filer), the Kentucky system has a similar layout to the new case filing system and attorneys will use the services hand-in-hand.
  2. Filing new cases just got easier. In the e-filing system, there are two main options: file a subsequent pleading (i.e. motion in a case that is already active) or file a new case. The system appears to streamline the process of digitizing the filing of a new action, as all that may be required is the uploading of the complaint and checking a box for the method of service. After entering payment information (which would include the appropriate service fees along with a convenience fee of what appears at this time to be $6.00), the clerk's office is notified for the summons to be generated and service to be effectuated.
  3. Better than ECF/Pacer? Federal courts have been using e-filing for years and years. The Kentucky version, however, looks much more modern, and allows you to return to modify a pending filing as opposed to having to complete everything in one session. So you can start a filing, go to lunch, and come back and finish it that afternoon.
  4. Get used to the term "Envelope".  Everything you do in the online filing system is structured around the concept of an Envelope. So if you are preparing to file a motion, and want to add exhibits, the workflow you start will be given an Envelope # which creates the "package" that is eventually sent to the court and other parties.
  5. Not mandatory (yet). While the training is required to e-file, the project is still technically in a pilot phase and even by the end of 2015 you will not have to file documents electronically. Furthermore, pro se litigants are not eligible at this time to file electronically and particularly in courts where people represent themselves (forcible detainer, small claims, family court, etc.), it appears paper filing will still be around for some time.
  6. What's with Word? One of the biggest caveats that will likely cause problems for users is a very technical one. In the system, a requirement exists to submit a Word version of a proposed order in addition to a PDF version. The newest version of the Word document format (.docx), however, is not accepted. Therefore, lawyers and their staff will have to save documents in the old ".doc" format (which was used in Word 1997-2003) to be compatible with the e-filing system. 
  7. Courtesy notices to clients. One nice feature is the ability to send a blind copy of a document being filed through the system to a client or other third party. This should help attorneys without case management software which may otherwise automate this process to keep their clients updated on the status of case filings without much effort.
  8. Circuit Clerks. After you file a document electronically, it will then be sent to the clerk's office for processing. Somewhat similar to federal court, the clerk's can make minor adjustments (typographical errors, correct the type of filing if it was entered incorrectly, etc.), or the clerk can respond with an electronic notice about corrective steps for the filer to take before the document will be processed. (And in a somewhat ironic twist in this apparent systematic effort to go paperless, all documents that are e-filed will still be printed out by the clerk's office on the backend for the foreseeable future.)
  9. Read the rules. The Kentucky Supreme Court has entered an Order which controls how this new process will work, and as always that Order controls over anything else that you may hear or read (including this post), so go grab the PDF: http://courts.ky.gov/courts/supreme/Rules_Procedures/201409.pdf
  10. Jurisdiction rules don't change. And finally, remember that technical glitches in the system will not excuse late filings (and documents are deemed "filed" as of the date the system accepts them, not when the clerk processes them). So if you wait until 11:58pm on the day that your Rule 59 motion is due, and the electronic filing system is down for maintenance or just down, then don't expect special treatment by the Court. For this reason, we will all probably still be clocking and dropping paper at the courthouse for years to come.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

E-Filing Ramping up in Kentuckiana

While federal courts have been filing documents electronically for years, neither Kentucky or Indiana state courts have implemented the technology - yet.

On Thursday, the Indiana Supreme Court announced that e-filing is coming soon.

This follows a pilot project in Frankfort to allow some civil cases to be e-filed in a Kentucky state court.

It appears both states are on track to implement the technology by the end of next year. Fees have not been announced, although Kentucky attorneys are already paying to use the new CourtNet 2.0 system. Most Indiana state court dockets can be viewed online for free at mycase.in.gov.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Podcast with a Purpose: Let's Start a Law Firm

Two of my attorney colleagues in Louisville have started a podcast that should be helpful not only to lawyers, but also those that are looking to start a new business.

Thanks to Ben Carter, who practices consumer law, and Annie O'Connell, who practices criminal defense.

Check it out here: http://bencarterlaw.com/letsstartalawfirm/

Friday, August 2, 2013

Android for Lawyers - The Droid Lawyer

Thanks to The Droid Lawyer for the mention on his Weekly News Round-Up regarding the recently-released Google Nexus 7 tablet.

Check out his recent post on Google's Chromecast for Lawyers, and be sure to stay current with his blog which is one of the best for attorneys (and, for that matter, anyone) using Android devices.

Follow Jeffrey Taylor on Twitter (@jeffrey_taylor) or on Google +.




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Licensed to practice law in all state courts in Kentucky and Indiana, and federal courts in Kentucky and southern Indiana.  

Offices in downtown Louisville and southern Indiana.  

Experience in Jefferson, Oldham, Bullitt, Nelson, Shelby, Spencer, and other counties in Kentucky; Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Washington, Jefferson, and Scott counties in Indiana. 

Practiced focused on helping individuals and families through some of their most difficult times.  Experience and skill in family law and domestic litigation, including divorce, custody, child support, maintenance (alimony), domestic violence (EPO / DVO) and complex property division cases.  

Estate planning and probate practice, which includes prenuptial agreements, wills, trusts, power of attorneys, and living wills (health care surrogate).  

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