FSX spends significant time and effort building self-service eFiling software law firms use nationwide. But self-service is not the only possible way to file with a court. Many eFiling service providers offer concierge eFiling options available as well.
Concierge filing is when an expert files on your behalf. Instead of uploading all your documents and filling out filing information manually, you send your documents to someone else to file for you. Many law firms have found utility in using concierge filing services for occasional filing throughout the year or even for most of their filing transactions.
Here, we will review some of the most common reasons legal professionals leverage concierge eFiling services and how they prove helpful.
It Can Fill in for Short Staffs
Sometimes law firms don’t have the staff necessary to complete all their filings within a reasonable workday. Whether the caseload is dramatically higher than usual, or another staff member is on vacation, filing remains an activity with strict deadlines.
This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of concierge eFiling services. Instead of finding part-time staff or spending extra hours completing the work yourself, let existing eFiling experts assist. The right service will be able to file for you seamlessly and ensure you end the workday at a reasonable time.
Solo practitioners may have a similar use for concierge eFiling, as it can essentially perform the role of another staff member. Filing volumes may not always be high enough to require a full-time assistant, but it’s nice to have help when things get hectic. If you sometimes feel you have too much work to handle as one person, consider the impact concierge eFiling could have on your schedule. It may free up more time than you think while remaining cost-effective.
It Lets You Access Filing Experts for Tricky Filings
Expertise in law doesn’t necessarily translate to expertise with eFiling. Each court, jurisdiction, and even case type can have specific rules and procedures for eFiling, and spending a lot of time becoming an expert at eFiling for each individual filing scenario isn’t a practical use of most legal professionals’ time.
When approaching an unfamiliar eFiling system or procedure, consider letting a concierge filing service eFile for you instead.
For example, let’s say you need to serve parties in several dozen cases. The right tool for this job is a form of batch filing software. But batch filing software takes a non-trivial amount of time to configure (let alone, learn to operate). In this scenario, working with a concierge team that offers batch filing services may make more sense. They should be experts with the procedures and software, meaning that you don’t have to be.
The same principle applies to filing into courts you’ve never worked with before, intense multi-document filings, and other complex filing tasks that don’t occur daily. You can put in the hours to complete the filings yourself, but you can let an existing professional do it for you in less time and effort.
It Leaves You Time for Other Substantial Legal Work
For most of your cases and clients, you will need to perform work besides filing documents.
Consultations, legal research, document drafting, interviews, and other tasks are often more valuable for your clients than any filing service you can provide. Yet filing is still a necessary part of the legal procedure that can’t just be ignored. So, when you need to decide how to allocate your time, filing can become a tricky task to prioritize.
One solution to this problem is to let it be someone else’s priority. Using concierge eFiling allows you to perform the most impactful work for your clients while someone else keeps the filings submitted on time. This way, there is no need to cut your most important work short to make sure you can complete your filings at the end of the day.
Maybe You Just Don’t Want To?
Are you taking a trip? Is it the holiday season? Perhaps it’s 9:00 p.m. on a Friday night, and you want to leave for the weekend. These are also fine times to use concierge eFiling services.
Everyone needs time to relax, and there’s no problem letting a dedicated professional file on your behalf when you’re supposed to be on vacation or at home with your laptop closed. You could even consider it like ordering takeout instead of cooking after a long workday.
It’s worth noting that not every concierge team is always available. Some teams are unavailable on holidays or limited to business weekdays and times. In our case, the FSX team is available 24/7 every day of the year, meaning you can take time off and let us fill in no matter the time or day.
Concierge Filing is Built to Help You as Needed
Whether you need temporary help with filing or a more permanent eFiling assistant to aid your staff, the right concierge eFiling team is out there to help you. If you’re considering concierge eFiling for you and your team, contact FSX. We aid with filings of any size for jurisdictions nationwide, and you can send us a message using the link below.