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ELECTRONIC COURTHOUSE

Soon Iowa will see the arrival of electronic filing for work comp and personal injury cases.  In a personal injury case electronic filing is already required in Plymouth and Story County as of 2011.  The Work Comp Commissioner's office is likely to move to electronic filing in the near future.  This promises to bring a whole new set of headaches.First, you have to know the forms.  Second, you have to know where to get the forms and how to get them filled out.  Third, you have to know which hoops to jump through when using the Internet to get your case properly filed.  This will be a challenge for all law firms and will be doubly challenging for an individual.The move to electronic filing will likely increase the need to use an attorney to make sure that things are done properly, and are done in a timely manner.  The day of being able to wait till the last second to file a lawsuit is practically gone for an individual.  Some law firms will still be able to do this but only if they are "online" and ready to go.  The best advice here is that if time is short… hire a lawyer! And remember, the lawyer isn't obligated to help you just because you waited till the last second.  So plan ahead, and be smart.

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