RPost®, the leader in managed outbound messaging with its flagship Registered E-mail® service suite, today announced that the Chicago Bar Association has agreed to sponsor education of RPost’s Registered E-mail® services to its 22,000 attorney-members. Starting in August, RPost and the association will begin a major awareness campaign about the legal liability risks and inherent technical limitations of traditional e-mail, with RPost’s Registered E-mail services offering protection and proof of delivery. The Chicago Bar Association joins more than 20 other bar associations from the major metropolitan areas of the United States—including New York City, District of Columbia and Los Angeles—that have teamed up to endorse or sponsor RPost services with similar education programs.
“We are looking forward to creating awareness among our members about RPost’s Registered E-mail service and how it can lessen common risks we face when using e-mail at work,” says Karen Stanton of the Chicago Bar Association. “In the last decade we've seen massive conversion towards electronic communication, which has created new legal issues and challenges. Courts are aware of how easy it is to manipulate unprotected e-mail and we feel strongly that attorneys and their clients should take the necessary precautions to mitigate litigation risk.”
In today’s electronic world of business transactions, e-mail senders are frequently burned with the excuse of, “I never got it,” or even worse, “yes, I received it but that is not what it said” relating to important e-mail correspondence, where the letter was an attached PDF document and there is no verifiable proof of delivery, receipt or content. In the past, companies maintained FedEx, courier, and fax logs to fend off delivery problems, but today with electronic delivery, the potential for challenge is much greater.
“Across the board – particularly in the legal sector and in litigation correspondence – we are seeing a dramatic increase in the use of e-mail to send PDF letters – with no way to prove receipt by the opposing party. This is like faxing letters and not keeping a log to prove that the fax was received by the other side. With this common practice, lawyers expose themselves and their clients to litigation risk," commented Zafar Khan, CEO of RPost.
The Chicago Bar Association recommends using RPost’s Registered E-mail service to defend against this exposure because the service provides the attorney sender with the capability of receiving a Registered Receipt for e-mail that provides higher proof of delivery than traditional FedEx and fax receipts/logs – and far greater protection than sending the letter by standard e-mail. By sending letters in PDF format attached to RPost’s Registered E-mail messages -- just one click of the "Send Registered" button rather than the "Send" button in their Outlook, Lotus, or Groupwise e-mail program -- these attorneys receive a higher level of protection than they had prior to their widespread adoption of e-mail for important communications. Using RPost’s Registered E-mail service, the e-mail sender automatically receives a digital audit trail that can serve as proof of e-mail authenticity and help ensure e-mails are admissible in court.
RPost has included a one-click convert-to-PDF option within its Registered E-mail service, so attorneys can 'Send Registered', convert to PDF, and receive proof of delivery with as little as two extra clicks.
RPost (rpost.com) has set the global standard for Legal Proof® in internet e-mail with its core Registered E-mail® services. RPost services comprise of an all inclusive and on demand platform of outbound e-mail services for correspondence that has consequence if disputed or can commit the sender. RPost services permit the sender to prove, sign, secure, record, and collaborate with less cost, time, paper and risk. RPost is a proven leader in delivering innovative and cost-effective services that allow e-mail users to derive more value from their e-mail applications. RPost has strategic business relationships with leading technology and service providers to provide RPost services to their existing clients, including: Pitney Bowes, Google/Postini, Symantec, AT&T, Sprint, Orange (FranceTel) and BTInfonet (BritishTel), among others.
Available in eight languages and for all e-mail platforms, RPost’s patented Registered E-mail® services have been used daily by the United States Government since 2003 and have been endorsed and marketed by most of the influential bar associations in the United States, including the bars of New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, and the District of Columbia. Headquartered in Los Angeles, RPost has offices in San Diego, Washington D.C. and a worldwide. For more information about RPost. “Registered E-mail”, "R-mail", "RPost" and "Legal Proof" are registered trademarks owned by RPost.