eDocFile allows state courts to electronically file documents. Every year, some 90 million cases and 1 billion legal documents move through the US court system. States are unable to keep up with the flood of criminal and civil cases. However, the number and complexity of federal court filings continues to increase year after year. Additionally, more judges and judicial officials are being added to the court system to handle these cases.
Surprisingly little of the legal process is automated, or even integrated. The need for an integrated, cost-effective digital solution that takes advantage of available technology is critical. eDocFile proposes a solution capable of transforming the practice of law with an online system that is cost-effective, simple to use, and can be integrated with legacy technology already in use. eDocFile provides more than just the ability to send documents backwards and forwards. It’s a digital bridge that connects the electronic worlds the court and law firms. It allows law offices and courts to share and access all case details, not just the documents.
Courts will have instant access to court documents with E-Filing. Instead of calling archives to request a document be copied and delivered, courts can access court documents electronically. Judges can access documents from their computers. You can archive court documents electronically. This will make them easily accessible and help you save thousands of dollars. Attorneys have the ability to access court docket information online.
Both courts and law firms have the greatest benefit of efficiency. The efficiency that comes with being able access information instantly, communicate and transact business on any device from any location is undoubtedly a huge advantage. eDocFile is a user-friendly, yet robust system that allows information to flow seamlessly from one party to the other in an efficient, cost-effective, and seamless way.
If electronic filing is so great, why aren’t we all using it? Many small projects have been launched in the United States. Many of these projects have failed or been abandoned. Others are considered’requirements’ for future systems. None of them have provided enough bottom-line gains to court efficiency to warrant support for funding infrastructure.
The primary problems relate to the technology. Many of the components for electronic filing have been around for some time. However, the lack standards, difficulty in integration, insufficient customer support and inadequate training have all been major limiting factors. In the past few years, personal computer technology’s power has increased significantly and its costs have fallen. From more than $1,000 per megabyte when early computers were made, to just five cents per million today, data storage costs have fallen. This price drops approximately 50% each year. There was not a universal communications network that could link all of our systems, even if it had standard protocols and interfaces a few decades ago.
Today, security and scalability issues with the Internet remain. eDocFile will solve these problems, and can make it available to courts at the national and state levels. As we transform from a small player to the most prominent legal Internet portal, we will gain brand recognition and market share. We also generate sustainable revenue streams that will finance growth and the development of new products.
We are here to listen to customers’ needs and provide solutions that meet their specific requirements. We will use Web technology to be the best provider of electronic filing systems that are secure and easy to use for courts and judicial administrations.
eDocFile aims at providing small and mid-sized court systems with the tools to automate document management and filing through the use a Web-based extranet. In these jurisdictions, lawyers can electronically file documents with courts from the comfort of their private workspace. This allows courts and judges to manage cases and dockets more efficiently as well as reduce costs. By combining electronic filing and document management in one Web based extranet system, eDocFile provides to clients, both courts and lawyers, the best litigation management system with minimum restrictions on software and hardware constraints, yet the broadest individual choice of technological functionality.
eDocFile objectives will evolve in a three-phase concurrent development cycle.
Learning Knowing the customer, the product and services offered by the company as well as knowing the competition are imperative for success. This cycle involves planning, research, as well as development. These are the objectives for this phase:
- Before extranet’s beta version is released, it is important to be experts in the legal markets.
- Have beta version completed within three months of capital formation.
- Establish positive working relationships with the court system by meeting with their decision makers and putting together a mutual plan of success that is based on trust and reliability.
- Get commitments for support, services and products by May Year 1 to support the launch of EDocFile in August Year 1.
eDocFile will have a strong market position, generating earnings and promoting growth with new customers.
- Establishing brand awareness and brand recognition that positions eDocFile as the market leader for safe, simple and reliable Web based electronic filing system between lawyers and courts.
- Many target court courts do not have an effective computer management system. Our Web-based extranet lets customers manage files and document management.
- Market metrics will be used to measure market penetration success. eDocFile aims to double these metrics semi-annually in order to achieve market dominance.
- Begin generating positive cash flow by the middle of Year 2.
Balancing long-term sustainability and profitability with short-term necessities and change will the Achilles heel of many Internet companies. We believe that eDocFile is able to balance the needs of customers, employees, and shareholders by adopting a policy whereby we give back to the community. This cycle has these objectives:
- Developing a mission statement which reflects the values of the founders while providing a mandate for culture creation that will attract and retain the best and brightest talent.
- A holistic and comprehensive internal structure should be developed that can adapt to changing market needs and respond quickly to changes. This model is based around the idea of a ‘#8220â€™ continuous learning organization with marketing and training functionality binding the entire company.
- Develop value-added components that will take eDocFile beyond a niche player and make it the most popular legal portal on Internet by 2006. This requires creating action-oriented features, which is a way to make customers’ lives easier.
eDocFile is a company that believes in a customer-centric approach. We are committed to ensuring the success of our products and the satisfaction of our shareholders.
Success Keys 1.3
These are the keys to your success in this industry:
- Competitors can create barriers to entry by building trust-based relationships between courts and the eDocFile.
- Building credibility
- A system that is easy to use.