I’ve never liked faxes.

As a young BigLaw associate doing litigation work, a fax was rarely something I wanted to see. Demand letters or service copies of pleadings or discovery received on Friday at 5:00 p.m. were the worst.

Dwindling volume

I don’t get very many demand (or other) letters these days, but when I do, they almost always come by email, not by fax.

As an appellate specialist, I try not to involve myself in discovery at all. But I often work with other lawyers on trial-court cases and am sometimes included on the service list. In those cases, the documents almost always come through the e-filing service provider, which provides notice through email.

The advent of e-fax services made life better. E-fax services made it unnecessary for me to ever own a physical fax machine and always worked well for me when I needed them. Most often, the need arose when a client wanted to fax a signed engagement agreement to my office.

Down to zero

These days, I’m using software that allows clients to sign engagement agreements electronically from any device. So even the rare situation in which a client needed to fax an engagement letter has gone away.

As I’ve watched the number of faxes coming through my office dwindle to zero, I’ve decided that an e-fax service is no longer necessary to my practice. In the spirit of simplicity, I’ve closed our e-fax account and have removed our old fax number from our firm contact information.

I suspect it’s the same for most appellate practitioners: No fax required.