To convert documents to PDF, there is a common misconception is that in order to do that, especially for the purpose of E-Filing, a filer must print the document to paper, and then scan the paper to create a PDF. However, this can’t be further from the truth. There are literally dozens of tools available that allows filers to select “Save As” a PDF in their program, or even “Print” straight to PDF.

Did You Know?

When e-Filing a document, a filer does not have to physically sign the document. All one needs to do is type /s/ followed by your name on the signature line (Example – /s/ Jonathon Attorney). For this reason, it is not necessary to print, sign, and scan a document. Simply type /s/ and print to PDF.

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Save As a PDF

When using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010, Microsoft has made PDF conversion easy. These versions of Word provide the ability to simply select File > Save As and select PDF as the file type to save to. Word does the rest!

For Microsoft Office 2010, this capability is built-in; right out of the box. However, for Microsoft Office 2007, a filer needs to download and install the add in called “Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS” which is available at this link:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4d951911-3e7e-4ae6-b059-a2e79ed87041

Print to PDF

Printing a document to PDF is a simple process. First, download and install one of the many PDF conversion tools available on the Internet. Listed below are some of our favorites:

Once a filer has downloaded and installed the PDF conversion software of their choice, and when the filer is ready to print the document, simply select File > Print as one normally would. In the Print Dialog window, look for the option to select a PDF Printer listed. Then click OK.

Next, the program will prompt the filer to select a location to save the file; name the file as needed. Then click OK once more, and the program automatically creates the PDF.