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7 Steps to Prepare for Los Angeles Civil Case eFiling

How to prepare for LA Civil eFiling

1. Find an Electronic Filing Service Provider

Electronic filing service providers, or EFSPs, are the platforms or applications between the filer (you) and the court eFiling management system. EFSPs make it easier to eFile and provide a portal to manage your documents. Luckily, your work here is done! CourtFIling.net is a Los Angeles Certified EFSP. Sign up for CourtFiling.net to get started eFiling. If you already use a login for another California EFSP, you can simply use that same login to use CourtFiling.net’s user-friendly application.

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2. Become familiar with CourtFiling.net and your computer

It is important that you are comfortable navigating not only on your computer but also CourtFiling.net. Take some time to view all the settings, options, user permissions, etc. before you dive right into eFiling. It can help you save time and confusion later if your account is fully set up.

Additionally, it is beneficial to understand different digital files and how to transfer them on your computer. You can scan the documents to your computer, or send them digitally. Before starting the eFiling process, be sure that your documents are ready to upload, (tip: CourtFiling.net can convert your documents into PDFs for you!)

3. Download a password manager

Legal cases often contain sensitive information that you want to ensure are secure. Therefore, we recommend downloading a password manager, like 1Password or LastPass, to safely store your EFSP login credentials. Doing so will help prevent anyone else logging in to see your documents and/or filings.

4. Understand the case type that you are filing

To prepare for Los Angeles County Superior Court eFiling, be sure that you know the type of case you are filing. Los Angeles County Superior Court will allow limited and unlimited civil, probate, complex civil, and family law. These different case and court types determine where and how you file.

5. Review provided court information

The judicial system is oftentimes difficult to navigate. To help with the eFiling process, be sure that you review the eFiling information found on The Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles’ website. It may be beneficial to know the location and phone number of the courthouse so you can confirm any details that you may need last minute.

6. Seek appropriate legal assistance

If you are pro se (self-represented litigant) it is important to note that no entity can provide official legal advice other than an attorney. However, many companies offer eFiling support or can eFile for you without high attorney fees. Research local process servers, eFilers, or legal support service professionals to see if they are able to assist. If you need help beyond eFiling, it may be worthwhile to hire a professional lawyer.

If you are an attorney, be sure that you and your staff are up to date on eFiling standards or contact a local eFiling specialist so that your paperwork is filed accurately the first time.

7. Reference Help Guides

Even if you are a legal professional, researching help guides and articles that discuss solutions to problems others have discovered is beneficial when it comes to eFiling your own papers. Preparing with guides can save you a headache later if you happen to run into new issues. CourtFiling.net’s Los Angeles eFiling Guide is a great starting point for your research.

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