Friday, July 28, 2017

Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Race for Justice.


Wayne County Attorneys- We are passing along this note from our friends at the Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission. Please consider supporting them at this fun event:

Good afternoon Supporters!

We are having our annual "Race for Justice" on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Glen Miller Park. Start time is at 8:00am on the east side of the pond. This is a family friendly event with a meandering route through the shaded route of Glen Miller. It can be a 5K walk or a 5k run. Supporting our event lets us continue helping the area's needy with free legal services.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Streamlining the E-Filing system.


  • If you are a solo practitioner, you may have wondered why we make you choose yourself from a list of only one possible attorney for every filing...
  • Or if you only have one payment method available, you may have wondered why we give you a menu with one choice instead of just filling it in for you...

Wouldn't it be easier if in every situation where there's only one option, we just filled in that option for you? We think so, and that's what we've done. Starting right now, when you go through the e-filing screens, in any place where there's only one possible answer, we've just filled that in for you.

This will affect you most if you're a solo practice with one attorney, one service contact and one payment method. However, even larger firms will find that their work is streamlined. For instance, when you are filing a new case, and adding the last required party, the role of that party will be pre-selected for you.

These are minor improvements, but since you use this system for your work every day, we believe you'll appreciate the attention to little details that add up over time.

Did we miss anything? Let us know if you come across any other situation where we can eliminate repetitive work. That's what computers are for!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Welcome to the Boone County Recorder's Office!

We're excited to announce the addition of Nikki Baldwin and her staff at the Boone County Recorder's Office to the Doxpop Family!



Boone County will be our 40th Recorder's Office to join, which we think is pretty spectacular.



The Boone County Recorder's Office has been transitioning to a new, local software package that allows us to add them to the Doxpop Public Access System. Having now completed that technical conversion, they are ready to increase their public access offerings by making these land records available 24/7.

Images and a searchable index is available for all documents filed since January 1996, with additional Deed records back to January 1993. The Recorder's Office is hoping to scan and digitize many more historical documents, so be on the lookout for more data to be added!

Anyone wishing to look up recorded documents on-line may visit http://www.doxpop.com to use the service. A low-volume search plan is available for free, with higher-volume subscriptions available to commercial users for a fee.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

New feature: Automatically assign your service contact to a new case.

Doxpop just added a new feature to our system for folks e-filing new cases. You can select a service contact from your firm to be attached to the case as soon as it is accepted by the clerk.

This happens on the first step of the new filing process, where you select the filing attorney:


If you do not want to attach a contact, uncheck the box. If you do want to attach a contact, leave the box checked and choose the filing attorney. A drop-down menu will appear that allows you to choose one of the service contacts in your firm:


When the case is accepted and case number is assigned, we will automatically attach this contact to the case for you. 

The first few times that you use this feature, you will have to select a contact, but as time goes on, our system will learn from you, and instead of having to select a contact, the menu will default to your most common choice.

Give us a call (866-369-7671) or email (support@doxpop.com) if you have any questions!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dearborn and Ohio County Courts move to Odyssey. Access to their court records through Doxpop uninterrupted.

Over the weekend of July 15th/16th, the Dearborn and Ohio County Courts converted to the Odyssey case tracking system, thus moving their data storage and administration to Indianapolis. 

This move does not significantly affect Doxpop users because Doxpop buys access from the State Court Administration to a real-time feed of court data from the Odyssey system. Our customers' access to court information will not be interrupted during this transition.

A few of the services we provide will look odd during the transition because there will be a short period when both the old data and the new data are available. In particular:
  • If you use the personal calendar feature to keep track of hearings connected to your Bar ID, you will see two colors for each County on your calendar. Every event will be available, but the older cases will have a different color from the newer cases. When we complete the merge process, these will go back to being a single color.
  • When you look at our "County Details Page" for Dearborn or Ohio Counties you will find two entries for each court until the merge is complete.
  • When you are doing searches, you will find two entries for some cases. This is because while we are loading the information from Odyssey, we will also be maintaining the old data until the operation is complete to ensure you don't miss anything. When you see two case entries, please look at both to ensure you have the most current information.
  • If you use any of our "watch" services to keep an eye on cases or people of interest, we will be moving those watches over so they point to the cases and people that are a part of the Odyssey data feed. We run a process to convert these twice each day, but it is possible for notification of events to slip through the cracks between conversion runs so you may want to periodically do a manual check between now and the first week of August, after that, we'll be back to normal.
Finally, one deficiency in the Odyssey system is that financial information is not exported in their data feed, so that detail will not be available after the transition. We regularly ask that the Court Administration add this to the data feed, but so far, we are told that it is not allowed because the clerks using the Odyssey system have requested that they not make that information available to us. If this information is important to you, please encourage the clerks you work with to tell the State Court Administration of your needs so we can get the information back online.
As always, we are available to answer any questions in person, so don't hesitate to call support at 866-369-7671 if you have any questions.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Two Important Notes on Tax Warrants.

Two things have changed about our Tax Warrant system this weekend.

First, and applicable to everyone, we have changed the way basic (wildcard enabled, non-super) searching works. Here are the details:

Tax Warrants are a challenge because on some Warrants, a person's name will be entered using the format "LastName, FirstName" but sometimes, the name will be entered "FirstName LastName" (with no comma and in the other order.)

Previously, we tried to do some of the work for you by identifying the second situation and make your searches in LastName, FirstName format also return the FirstName LastName warrants. The problem is that because there are so many creative company names, we couldn't do a complete job of separating personal names from company names. We decided we were better off not providing an incomplete solution, and instead we are just making sure you are aware that you should check for both versions.

What this means for you
  • If you want us to do some of the work for you, the "super search" is the right approach. Enter the complete names or words you are looking for when you use this type of search. It checks for the names/words you enter in any order and checks for nicknames and synonyms. This is probably the best search method for non-professionals.
  • If you are a more sophisticated user, and are used to the odd ways the Department of Revenue indexes taxpayer names, you're probably better off using the regular search. This search method allows you to use wildcards and always searches for the terms in exactly the place you specify. There will be no surprises, but you have to do a little more work. This is the search method most title searchers will want to use, and it is the same type of search long-time Doxpop users are used to.
Second, and not affecting every user, we have added some warrants that were previously missing:

The background is that we buy a regular data feed from the State Court, and it is a mirror of everything they put on their "InCite" system for tax warrants. However, after releasing our database that combines InCite data with other sources, we found that the InCite data we were supplied with was incomplete.  At first, we thought it was just a few warrants. After obtaining corrected information from the State and doing careful analysis, we now know it affected 0.1% of the warrants. That's not a huge percentage, but it means that some of our users got incomplete results from our system. 

Here's what we're doing about it
  • First, the missing warrants have all been added to our system, so the database is complete now.
  • Second, we log every search that happens on our system. We are re-running every search done on our system against a small database populated with the missing warrants to see who got incomplete results. During the coming two weeks, we will be emailing anyone who got an incomplete result to notify you of the details. If you don't hear from us this week or next you will know your searches were unaffected.
As always, please contact us with questions at 866-369-7671 or support@doxpop.com. We love to hear from you!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Allen County Sheriff requires Notice of Acceptance to be included for civil process.

We have just learned that the Allen County Sheriff is requiring that the emailed Notice of Acceptance be attached to papers to be served through Sheriff's Civil Process. This is the email with a subject line that begins "Filing Accepted..."

We previously advised (in this blog post) that you should attach only the "Notice of Electronic Filing" that shows the fees selected during your initial filing to paperwork for Sheriff's offices.

As far as we know, the Allen County Sheriff is the only one currently asking for the Notice of Acceptance. However, because it is simple to provide both and easier to remember a consistent rule, we are now suggesting that you provide both the "Notice of Electronic Filing" and "Filing Accepted" emails to the Sheriff in all counties.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

When (and how) to use a waiver account for filing fees.

The e-filing system allows you to pay filing fees either through a credit card or a waiver account. You probably already have a credit card on file, but may not have a waiver account set up yet.

Here's why you might want to set up a waiver account:

  1. You represent a government agency that is exempt from filing fees. One example we've come across is an attorney that represents several school districts and regularly has to file small claims cases for textbook fees. 
  2. Your client is indigent and you believe that the court will grant a fee waiver to your client. The local rules on this may vary, so check with your court, but in general, most courts advise that for an initial filing that includes a motion to waive filing fees, you should use a waiver account. If the motion is denied, you will simply have to pay the fees at that time. (This approach stems from the practical acknowledgment that in government accounting systems, it's much easier to collect money later than go through the refund process for fees collected in error.)
  3. You are filing a case type that usually requires a fee, but due to your client's circumstance, no fee is required. For example, most expungement (XP) cases require a filing fee, but if your client is petitioning for the removal of a juvenile arrest record that did not result in a conviction under IC 35-38-9-1, the court may not charge a filing fee. The e-filing system will assess fees based on the more common use of this case type, and to avoid being charged, you should file using a waiver account.
Before doing any of the filings described above, you should prepare by setting up a waiver account. That's very easy:
  1. Click on the "e-filing" tab and then select "E-Filing Account Administration" from the actions listed on the left side of the page.
  2. Click on the "New Payment Account" button in the upper right of your account information:
  3. Give the account any name you choose, then select "Waiver" from the Account Type drop-down menu and save.
  4. The Waiver account will now appear in the drop-down list of available payment methods whenever you file:


Monday, July 3, 2017

Two hiccups in the rollout of July 1 changes

This morning, we learned of two issues with changes that took effect on July 1:

Two fees displayed:


Due to a limitation in the clerk's portion of the system, in some counties both the old and new amounts will be shown for the sheriff's service fee for a few days. This will go away as soon as all filings submitted before 7/1 are processed, so probably within a week.

When you are filing, you should always select the new (higher) amount for the sheriff's service fee.

Fees displayed incorrectly: 

[This problem has been corrected, you can safely ignore the information below, but we have kept the information because it sometimes helps to know that a problem existed even after it is gone.]

For some counties, the sheriff's service fee is displayed as $29 rather than $28 in the area where you select sheriff's service. Fortunately, you can safely ignore this, because when the final fees are calculated, the correct $28 fee is assessed and displayed just before you hit the "submit" button.

This is a problem with tables that will need to be corrected by the folks at the State, so we have made them aware of the problem and expect that they will fix it later today. Unfortunately, we can't fix this on our end, so we'll have to wait for their response.