What is the difference between eService Contacts, eService Recipients, and Non-Firm Service Contacts?

eFileTexas maintains the service contact list for every case in the eFileTexas system. The case service contact list contains all service contacts provided by all counsel in the case. This includes the service contacts your firm submits for the case as well as any service contacts provided by other counsel.

eFileTexas makes no distinction between eService Contacts, eService Recipients, and Non-Firm Service Contacts. FileTime created the latter two labels to emphasize the differences among the three.

They consider everyone added to their service contacts list for a case to be service contacts.

At FileTime we find that to be somewhat confusing so we make a distinction between eService Contacts and eService Recipients:

  1. eService Contacts are your attorneys and staff members that your firm is submitting to the eFileTexas service contacts list for the case. Your eService Contacts will be provided to counsel as eService Recipients when they want to eServe your firm.
  2. eService Recipients are the service recipients for counsel to whom you will be eServing when you submit the filing. They may be defaulted onto the eService Recipients list for your case because they have previously added themselves to the case service list. If they have not done so, you may search for them from the Public Service Contact List and add them to your eService Recipients list.
  3. Non-Firm Service Contacts are the service contacts for other case counsel your firm adds to the case because that counsel has not made him/herself available to be eServed in the case. Technically, eFileTexas is enabling you to add that counsel as a service contact associated with your firm, but you are able to add that counsel's firm name to thow that the counsel is not a member of your firm.


  1. How do I add counsel to my service list from the Public Service Contact List?
  2. How to Add Additional eService Recipients
  3. How do I retrieve eService documents?
  4. Why am I showing as an eService Recipient for Opposing Counsel's Firm?
  5. What is the difference between eService Contacts, eService Recipients, and Non-Firm Service Contacts?
  6. How do I add myself to the Public Service Contact List? (TEXAS ONLY).
  7. Can I determine before I eFile who I can eServe for my case?
  8. Is there anything I can read to help me understand eService?
  9. Why do I and my staff all receive our own eService notifications?
  10. What do I do when I cannot eServe counsel?
  11. Can counsel not eServe our firm service contacts for a case?
  12. What are Firm Service Contacts?
  13. What determines the time of eService?
  14. How do I eServe discovery?
  15. How do I know that counsel was eServed?
  16. What happens to the eService when a filing is rejected?
  17. What happens to the eService when I cancel a submission?
  18. What are the fees charged for eService?
  19. Does opposing counsel have to consent to be e-served?
  20. Can I add more than one service contact?
  21. How do I add a Service Contact to my firm?
  22. Can we add non-attorneys to the service contacts list for a case?
  23. How do I delete a service contact from the Admin list?
  24. How do I add counsel to my eservice list?
  25. Why Can I not download the service document?
  26. Can I Print a Proof of Service?
  27. Add Non-Opted in Counsel to Your Service List
  28. The FileTime eService Inbox
  29. How to Remove Departed Attorney as Case Service Contact
  30. How to make me a service contact for multiple case parties
  31. eService not showing in Inbox
  32. How to add Firm Service Contacts to a Case
  33. How to Add Multiple Recipients for eService Notifications
  34. Error trying to add non-firm service contact
  35. How long do I have to retrieve service documents?
  36. How do I eserve without filing?
  37. Why eServices are not showing up in my Inbox?
  38. Admins can add additional recipients for eService Notifications
  39. Customizing a case eService Notification Distribution List
  40. Why am I no longer getting copies of eServices to my attorney?
  41. How to change the firm name of an eService Recipient
  42. How to remove firm service contacts/eservice recipients from a case
  43. How to update firm service contacts
  44. Why eService Failed?

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