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How does E-filing work?

Electronic filing or E-filing enables filers and courts to efficiently process documents and fees online. manages the flow of information among filers, clerks, court personnel, and judges via the following process:

  1. Filer Submits Documents
    After selecting a certified electronic filing service provider (EFSP), filers log on to their provider’s website to file case-related documents online to any participating court in Texas.
  2. EFSP Delivers Documents to the Court
    EFSPs check submissions for completeness, calculate filing fees and court costs, and electronically deliver the submitted documents to participating courts.
  3. Clerks Accept or Reject Submissions
    Court clerks receive the electronically filed documents and associated fees for processing and acceptance, review the documents, accept or reject the filings, and provide an electronic timestamp notification to the filer for the accepted documents.
What is an EFSP?
E-filing in Texas is facilitated by electronic filing service providers (EFSP), that is, web portals operated by independent companies that collect filings from filers and transmit them to All service providers interacting with the e-filing system are expected to transition their operations to In addition, several new providers will make their services available.
I already use an EFSP, do I need to switch?
No, as long as your current EFSP has been certified to submit filings to, there is no need to switch providers. Please visit to confirm your EFSP has been certified.
Is there a fee to E-file?

Yes, there are fees associated with filing documents electronically on the system:

  • Standard court filing fees: Contact your local court for information on filing fees.
  • Service provider fees: Most EFSPs charge fees for e-filing and related services. These fees vary by EFSP and transaction. TexFile provides a free EFSP service.
  • Convenience fees: Processing fees required by credit card companies.
Is E-filing secure?
Yes. The system adheres to state and federal security regulations and meets Payment Card Industry Security Standards to protect filer and transaction information.
What is the timetable for courts transitioning to
The system will be implemented using a phased approach that transitions the first courts to beginning September 1, 2013, and continuing through November 30, 2013. During this time, the 52 counties currently offering electronic filing through the existing State system and any counties affected by the Supreme Court’s January 1, 2014 mandate will be transitioned to The system will be available to remaining counties following this phased approach.
What is the schedule for mandatory electronic filing?

E-filing will be mandatory in civil cases in the district courts, statutory county courts, constitutional county courts and statutory probate courts according to the following implementation schedule based upon the counties’ 2010 Federal Census population. Courts in counties with a population of:

a. 500,000 or more — January 1, 2014
b. 200,000 to 499,999 — July 1, 2014
c. 100,000 to 199,999 — January 1, 2015
d. 50,000 to 99,999 — July 1, 2015
e. 20,000 to 49,999 — January 1, 2016
f. 20,000 — July 1, 2016

When I need to file with a specific court, how will I know whether that court is participating in e-filing?
The list of courts currently accepting filings through the system may be accessed by visiting,
Where can I find more information?
Please visit the website at for the latest news and information.
Why am I getting errors in

If you are getting errors in, try clearing your cache before contacting the Help Desk.

How to Clear Cache

Internet Explorer 9

  1. Click the gear icon at the top right to open the Settings menu
  2. Select Safety and Delete Browsing History
  3. Select Temporary Internet Files. You will also need to uncheck all of the other boxes, including Preserve Favorites website data
  4. Click the Delete button near the bottom of the window
  5. Reload the File and Serve page by pressing the "Reload this page" button or F5

Internet Explorer 8

  1. Click the Tools menu
  2. Click on Delete Browsing History
  3. Select Temporary Internet Files
  4. Click the Delete button near the bottom of the window to delete your temporary files (i.e. clear your cache)
  5. Reload the File and Serve page by pressing the "Reload this page" button or F5


  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button
  2. Click Options
  3. Select the Advanced panel
  4. Click on the Network tab
  5. In the Cached Web Content section, click Clear Now
  6. Reload the File and Serve page by pressing the "Reload this page" button or F5

Chrome (not a supported internet browsers in current

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar
  2. Select Tools
  3. Select Clear browsing data
  4. In the dialog that appears, select "Empty the cache"
  5. Use the menu at the top to select "beginning of time"
  6. Click Clear browsing data
  7. Reload the File and Serve page by pressing the "Reload this page" button or F5

Safari [on Mac] (not a supported internet browsers in current

  1. Click the Safari menu
  2. Click Empty Cache
  3. Click the "Empty" button
  4. Reload the File and Serve page by pressing the "Reload this page" button or F5
Where is Justice of the Peace Pct #1 Mary Ward's office located?
1517 Eugene Heimann Circle. Suite 100 Richmond, Texas 77469.
What is a Will?
A document by which a person directs his or her estate to be distributed upon death (Black's Law Dictionary).
What is a Codicil?
A supplement or addition to a will, not necessarily disposing of the entire estate but modifying, explaining, or otherwise qualifying the Will in some way. When admitted to probate, the codicil becomes a part of the Will.
When should a Will be changed?

A Will should be reviewed if:

  • you get married or divorced
  • you move to another state
  • the person named in your will as Personal Representative has died.
  • a person named in your will to receive property has died
  • you change your mind about the provisions in your Will
What is a Living Will?
An instrument, signed with the formalities necessary for a will, by which a person states the intention to refuse medical treatment and to release healthcare providers from all liability if the person becomes both terminally ill and unable to communicate such a refusal (Black's Law Dictionary).
Where should I keep my Will?

You should keep the original Will document in a safe place where it will be easy to find after you die. It is a good idea to tell some one where to find your important papers in the event of your death. It is not a good idea to make copies of your will.

Some helpful suggestions:

  • Keep in a fireproof safe at home , or
  • Place in SAFEKEEPING at the County Clerk's Office. There is a one time small fee for this service. The Will remains secured in a vault until you claim the document or until an authorized person claims it, upon your death, in order to probate the Will.
  • Put in a SAFE DEPOSIT BOX at a financial institution. When putting your will in a safe deposit box you need to list additional persons that you would like to access your safe deposit box to withdraw your Will for the purpose of distribution of your estate. If you do not have anyone listed on the safe deposit account they will not be able to withdraw the will without a COURT ORDER from the court.
What does it mean when it says someone died intestate?
INTESTATE is one who has died without a valid will.
What does the term Probate mean?
PROBATE is a process of distributing someone's property after his or her death. It provides an orderly way to transfer real and personal property. The probate process may be used whether someone has left a will or not. Probate of an estate without a will requires more court intervention.
What does the term Testator mean?
TESTATOR is a person who dies living a Will.
What does the term Distributee mean?
A DISTRIBUTEE is a beneficiary entitled to payment. An heir, one who obtains personal property from the estate of an intestate decedent.
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