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Orange County – Uploading Court Forms FAQ

I-CAN! Legal provides uploading and e-filing of completed PDF forms in Orange County, California. You can use I-CAN! to prepare your forms, save them to your computer and then upload and e-file them. You can also upload and e-file forms that you have prepared outside of I-CAN!. Your forms must be in PDF format in order to upload them.

When you upload and e-file your forms, you will need to pay your filing fees and our e-filing fee of $9.95 online using our secure payment system (unless you file a Fee Waiver). You can pay with Visa, MasterCard or Discover. If you use I-CAN! to prepare your forms, you will also need to pay our forms creation fee of $4.95 to print your forms (unless you file a Fee Waiver).

Currently you can upload and e-file Name Change and Eviction Defense (Unlawful Detainer Answer) forms in PDF format. If your Eviction or Small Claims e-filing was “Partially Accepted”, you can upload and e-file forms that were rejected by the court after you fix them. We are working with the court to provide uploading and e-filing of more types of forms.

To use I-CAN! to upload and e-file your court forms, go to How to Upload & E-file Court Forms and click on “Create an Account”.

Do I need to download any software?

No, I-CAN! Legal is an Internet-based application so there is no software to download. If you do not already have Adobe Reader you will need to download it to print your forms. It is free, click on the button below to download it.

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Can I-CAN! Legal electronically file (e-file) my court forms?

I-CAN! Legal is an electronic filing service provider for the Superior Court of California, Orange County. I-CAN! can help you prepare your forms and e-file them and also allows you to upload completed forms (PDF format) and e-file them to the court. See Orange County – How to Upload & E-File Court Forms.

I-CAN! Legal California provides e-filing for the following types of forms in Orange County, CA: Small Claims, Eviction (Unlawful Detainer) and Name Change. If you want to e-file a Family Law form, see SmartForms for more information.

How do I submit my e-filing?

To e-file your forms, create an account or log in to your account by clicking on the button on the  Orange County – How to Upload & E-File Court Forms page. Select the type of forms you want to create from the “Start New Forms” menu. Once you are finished answering the questions about your forms, you will be offered the option to e-file.

For Small Claims or Eviction (Unlawful Detainer) you will be asked if you want to e-file before the Print page, you will be charged $14.95 to create and e-file your forms, unless you are also filing a Fee Waiver. After you review your forms, continue by clicking “Next” until you confirm that you are ready to e-file. Once you have e-filed you will see that your status is “Pending”.

For Name Change, you will see the option to e-file on the Print page. You will be instructed to save your completed forms to your computer and then upload them. You can click on the link on the Print page or use the “Upload” tab to upload your forms. You will be charged $4.95 to print your forms and then $9.95 to upload and e-file your forms, unless you are also filing a Fee Waiver. Once you have e-filed you will see that your status is “Pending”.

If you want to e-file a Family Law form, see SmartForms for more information.

What do I do after I e-file?

The clerks usually take 1 – 3 business days to process e-filings (but sometimes they do take longer, especially in the summer). You should get an email when your e-filing is accepted so check you inbox (and your spam folder) and you can always log in to your account to check your status. Once your e-filing is accepted, you can click on the direct link in the email or log in to your account to print your e-filed forms.

In your account, on the line with your e-filed case, you will see your status. If your status shows “Accepted”, you can click on “Print My E-filed Forms”. If your status shows “Rejected”, you can click on “View Rejection Notice” and then make changes to your information and submit your e-filing again at no additional cost. If your status shows “Pending”, the court is still processing your e-filing. If your status shows “Printed”, then you have NOT YET e-filed.

How do I check the status of my e-filing?

To check the status of your e-filing, log in to your account and you will see your status on the line with your e-filed forms. If your status shows “Accepted”, you can click on “Print My E-filed Forms”. If your status shows “Rejected”, you can click on “View Rejection Notice” and then make changes to your information and submit your e-filing again at no additional cost. If your status shows “Pending”, the court is still processing your e-filing. If your status shows “Printed”, then you have NOT YET e-filed.

How do I print my e-filed forms?

Once your forms are accepted, you can print your e-filed forms. Your e-filed forms will have the court stamp along with any trial or hearing date. To print your e-filed forms, you can either click on the direct link from the email you received when your forms were accepted, or log in to your account. To log in to your account, click on I-CAN! California in the Login menu in the bottom left hand corner of any page. If your status is “Accepted”, you can click on “Print My E-filed Forms” on the line with your accepted case.

To print your forms with the court stamp, go to “Print” and then on the right hand side of the pop up window, look for the drop down list that is called “Comments & Forms”. Select “Document and Stamps” and you should see the court stamp in the print preview and it will print on the form.

What if my e-filing is not accepted?

Click on the direct link in the email you received or log in to your account. To log in to your account, click on I-CAN! California in the Login menu in the bottom left hand corner of any page.  If your status is “Rejected”, you can click on “View Rejection Notice” to see a document with the notes from the court about why it was rejected and what you can do to fix it. Click “NEXT” to continue to the questionnaire to make changes to your information. If you make a change on a page, be sure to click “NEXT” because when you do it saves the data on the screen.  Review your forms to make sure they are fixed and then continue until you e-file your forms again. There is no additional charge to resubmit your e-filing and there is no limit to the number of times you can resubmit. You are also welcome to print your forms and file them at the court in person if you prefer.

What if my e-filing is partially accepted?

Click on the direct link in the email you received or log in to your account. To log in to your account, click on I-CAN! California in the Login menu in the bottom left hand corner of any page. If your status is “Partially Accepted”, you can click on the link to see a document with the notes from the court about why it was partially accepted. Depending on which forms were accepted and which ones were rejected, you may or may not need to e-file again.

If you need to make changes to your forms, click “NEXT” to continue to the questionnaire to make changes to your information. If you make a change on a page, be sure to click “NEXT” because when you do it saves the data on the screen. Review your forms to make sure they are fixed and then continue until you e-file your forms again. There is no additional charge to resubmit your e-filing and there is no limit to the number of times you can resubmit.

You can click on the “Upload” tab and upload your completed and revised forms for a partially accepted case. To upload your forms, you must have them saved to your computer.

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