Revisiting eFiling Tips

Are you an eFiling expert? Even so, it never hurts to refresh your memory on the
“best of” eFiling tips. Here are some from our friends at Smokeball, purveyors of law practice management software:

Use a separate and distinct eFiling email address
This ensures that important court notices won’t get buried in your unread work or personal messages.

Check your spam and junk email folders
Court mail lands here more often than you might think.

Whitelist important senders
While not full proof, this step at least offers some assurance that messages are more likely to make it to your inbox. Learn more here.

Check the online court docket
This is a simple and effective way to verify that you’ve captured important court deadlines in your calendar.

Don’t wait until the last-minute
Last-minute filings are more likely to go wrong than right. Give yourself a cushion of time to do the job right – and recover from any mistakes.

Sound familiar? I’ve made these same points many times here, in CLEs, and elsewhere. See Nuts and Bolts of Oregon eCourt and Zero Tolerance for e-Filing Error.

Are you an eFiling novice?

If so, check out the “Oregon eFiling Checklist for First Time eFiler,” on the Professional Liability Fund website. From the homepage, select Practice Management > Forms > eCourt. For a thorough overview of eCourt malpractice traps, see my 2017 CLE.

The case for Oregon eService

Read the October issue of the Oregon State Bar Bulletin featuring “The Case for Oregon eService: An Underused Asset.” If you missed the Oregon eService CLE earlier this year, consider ordering the video or audio recording. Answers to frequently asked questions may be found here.

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Tiplet: Using Your iPhone as a Magnifier

I am certainly not the originator of this tip, but I am a fan.

If you need to find a serial number, read small text, or find other hard-to-see details use your iPhone!

The Magnifier setting is an accessibility accommodation that applies built-in filters to read and capture text and details. It uses your camera and its flash capability, but has greater zoom capacity.

To enable your Magnifier, go to:
Settings > General > Accessibility > Magnifier. Toggle to “On.”

Access the Magnifier by:
Triple-clicking the Home button for iPhone 8/8 Plus and earlier or
Triple-clicking the side button on iPhone X

Consider other Accessibility Settings

While enabling the Magnifier, consider other accessibility settings that may be useful. As Apple says, “The world’s most personal device was designed for every person. So a person who’s blind can take group selfies. A person who’s deaf can call Mom from overseas. And a person who can’t move from the neck down can send text messages to friends.” You can add closed captioning to media (where available), turn on an LED flash for alerts, modify the keyboard, or pair your iPhone with your hearing device.

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