A1-Law and EAMS
Last Updated 8/12/2010
This update contains the new Document Cover Sheet, Separator Sheet and DOR. All EAMS forms now contain the new Separator Sheet on page 1.
DWC Regulations approved 11/17/08. DWC has extended the date to file Legacy Forms to December 12, 2008.
A1-Law contains all 30 new EAMS forms as of Nov 2008 and includes full auto-population and ability to save the forms. For more information see: 18 Ways
Your Questions Answered
1. A1-Law has full compatibility with EAMS.Forms.
2. The Current Forms may be filed until December 12, 2008 but the new EAMS OCR (optical character recognition) forms are preferred by August 25. The new OCR EAMS forms allow the state to scan these forms into their computer EAMS database.
3. The new EAMS OCR forms are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. We have decided to use the exact forms provided by the state so that there will be no problems with the state scanning these forms. If we created our own forms that look similar to the state forms then they might not work when the state tries to scan them into their system. Choosing to use the state forms assures us that they will work. Also, by using the state forms we are assured that all the validations on their forms are enforced.
4. A1-Law will auto-populate the new EAMS Adobe Acrobat PDF forms just as court forms are populated now.
5. A1-Law will attach and save the form to a case activity note just as it does now.
6. Your office will NOT need to purchase the Adobe Acrobat Writer.
7. Your office will need to make sure the Adobe Acrobat reader is installed on each workstation. This is free from Adobe and may already be installed on many or all of your workstations.
8. E-Filing - The DWC will soon allow an office to file forms "online" which provides an option to submitting the new EAMS OCR forms. Both options are allowed even after the December 12th deadline when current forms will be phased out. When the E-File testing becomes available to us, we believe we will be able to auto-populate the DWC web page with information from the OCR form so that information need not be re-entered.
9. Med-Legal Copy Service and ScanFiles: We have developed new tools with Med-Legal copy service to allow your office to easily automate the process of going paperless by scanning current cases as well as daily mail. The "automated" scan tools are an exclusive feature with A1-Law through Med-Legal copy service and Scan Files. However, your office may do their own internal scanning as well with A1-Law. Med-Legal claims that they can scan daily mail at a lower cost to most offices than if the offices scanned all their mail internally. This may be something to explore as your office eventually decides to go completely paperless.