It's best to save your documents as PDF directly or export them to PDF format. Try to avoid scanning paper documents to create PDFs. Unlike scanning, exporting to PDF preserves the text of the source document, making it searchable and resulting in a smaller file size.
One Legal will convert most document types, including Word, Word Perfect, and image files, to PDF when you upload them for eFiling.
Some documents that you wish to eFile may be available as fillable PDF forms. Take care when saving fillable forms. Unless the form is saved correctly the form entries will either be missing or editable. To prepare a fillable PDF for eFiling, you must "print to PDF" instead of saving. There's further guidance on the One Legal Blog.
Use the following settings when scanning:
When you eFile you can submit multiple documents inside a single "envelope." For example, a motion, a supporting affidavit, and a proposed order can all be submitted as separate documents inside one envelope.
Filings that exceed these limits cannot be submitted. You will need to take steps to reduce the size of your PDF. Learn more on the One Legal blog.
Documents that you prepare should meet the following specifications:
Documents that you did not prepare (e.g. a party's bank statement or driver's license) can be submitted in PDF format at the documents original page size.
In appellate briefs only, each page, except for the front page, must have a left-justified header that states the:
For example: "Brief of Appellant Joe Smith."
You will always divide your appendix document into at least two PDF files (two volumes). Volume 1 will always be the table of contents for the entire appendix. Depending on the number of pages in the entire appendix and the file size, you may only need one additional volume (Volume 2), or you may need more volumes (Volumes 3, 4, 5, etc.). If you reach the 50 MB limit before you reach the 250-page limit you must begin a new volume. Each volume should begin with a front page on page 1, regardless of whether you reach the 250-page limit in the previous volume.
Documents must not contain:
Bookmarks help the reader to navigate a PDF, so they are welcome, but not required. You may include hyperlinks in any document, but make sure that you:
Sometimes special characters in a document don't convert well into PDF format and may cause the document to be rejected. This unusual, however. The system can process any character that can be typed on a standard English keyboard, including these symbols: § ® © ™ ¶ € £
The name of the document you are eFiling must not exceed 100 characters. This includes spacing and the file extension (.pdf).
Occassionally, it wil not be feasible to convert a document to electronic format that complies with the requirements above. Before eFiling these documents, you must electronically file a motion for leave to file them conventionally.
All eFiled documents must include a person's signature. Sign a document using:
A document that is signed and eFiled is subject to the terms and provisions of Ind. Trial Rule 11. You may include the signature of other attorneys in documents eFiled with the court, but in doing so you represent to the court that any such signature is authorized.
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