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E-Filing for Filing Agents

E-Filing for Filing Agents

A Filing Agent is a user that can file on behalf of attorneys or trustees. All filing agents must have their own upgraded PACER account and may be linked to multiple attorneys and trustees. Filing agents have the same access and permissions as the attorney or trustee; however, when they use their login and password, the attorneys' or trustees' name appears in the docket text as the filer.

Filing Agents may receive e-mail notification, but only if the attorney or trustee enters the filing agent's email address in the attorney's ECF Maintain User Account.

By designating a Filing Agent, the attorney agrees to accept full responsibility for any and all actions taken by the Filing Agent in the NextGen CM/ECF system.

Process for Filing Agents

  • Upgrade a current PACER account or Register for an upgraded PACER account. Filing Agents MUST register under Non-Attorney E-File Registration.
  • Request E-filing privileges with the court through PACER, or if you already have an ECF login and password, link your ECF account to your PACER account.
  • The attorney or trustee must link the filing agent to their ECF account. Note: If an attorney or trustee had filing agents prior to NextGen, the filing agent is already linked to their ECF account. The attorney/trustee will only need to modify the filing agent's permissions.

Follow the instructions that best fit your scenario:

Filing Agent: Has an ECF Account but No PACER Account

  1. Register for a Non-Attorney PACER account.
  2. Link PACER TO ECF.
  3. Attorney or Trustee links Filing Agent to ECF account.
    1. Click Utilities > Your Accounts > Maintain Your ECF Account > More User Information
    2. In the Find Filing Agent field, enter the name of the Filing Agent and click the search icon.
    3. Select Filing Agent.
    4. Click on the Filing Agent's name once it has been linked, and the Update Filing Agent Permissions box will appear.
    5. Change Internet Payment to Y and click Save.
    6. Click Return to Account Screen.
    7. Click Submit.

Filing Agent: Has an ECF Account and a PACER Account

  1. Upgrade your PACER account.
  2. Link PACER to ECF account.
  3. Attorney or Trustee links Filing Agent to ECF account.
    1. Click Utilities > Your Accounts > Maintain Your ECF Account > More User Information
    2. In the Find Filing Agent field, enter the name of the Filing Agent and click the search icon.
    3. Select Filing Agent.
    4. Click on the Filing Agent's name once it has been linked, and the Update Filing Agent Permissions box will appear.
    5. Change Internet Payment to Y and click Save.
    6. Click Return to Account Screen.
    7. Click Submit.

Filing Agent: No ECF Account and No PACER Account

  1. Register for a Non-Attorney PACER account.
  2. Request Filing Privileges for Texas Eastern Bankruptcy.
  3. Attorney or Trustee links Filing Agent to ECF account.
    1. Click Utilities > Your Accounts > Maintain Your ECF Account > More User Information
    2. In the Find Filing Agent field, enter the name of the Filing Agent and click the search icon.
    3. Select Filing Agent.
    4. Click on the Filing Agent's name once it has been linked, and the Update Filing Agent Permissions box will appear.
    5. Change Internet Payment to Y and click Save.
    6. Click Return to Account Screen.
    7. Click Submit.

Attorney or Trustee: Linking Filing Agent to ECF Account

An approved Filing Agent will need their account linked to the attorney or trustee's ECF account.

  1. Click Utilities > Your Accounts > Maintain Your ECF Account > More User Information
  2. In the Find Filing Agent field, enter the name of the Filing Agent and click the search icon.
  3. Select Filing Agent.
  4. Click on the Filing Agent's name once it has been linked, and the Update Filing Agent Permissions box will appear.
  5. Change Internet Payment to Y and click Save.
  6. Click Return to Account Screen.
  7. Click Submit.