This is a really simple little form designed to comply with the new Rule 2.516 requirement.

The rule says that you must file this upon your entry into the case, however, it isn’t clear on what happens with existing cases. The rule also requires that you include your email address(es) in the signature block of your pleadings now and also if you serve by e-mail you will reference that in the Certificate of Service. Both of these things may be enough to comply with Rule 2.516 in existing cases.

Of course, you could file Notices of Compliance/Designation of e-mail addresses in all of your cases if you really want to make sure the other party is on notice of exactly where you want your pleadings sent. Remember, if you don’t designate an e-mail address it is to be sent to the e-mail address you have on file with The Florida Bar.

This sample was forwarded to me by Broward paralegal Belinda Martinez:

Title: [PLAINTIFF/DEFENDANT] Notice of Compliance with Rule 2.516 and Designation of E-Mail Address

Language: [PLAINTIFF/DEFENDANT], [PARTY NAME], by and through their undersigned attorney, files this their Notice of Compliance with Rule 2.516(b)(1) and Designation of E-Mail Address (effective September 1, 2012) and designate the following e-mail address: [E-MAIL ADDRESS AND UP TO 2 ADDITIONAL]

Another paralegal pointed out the following:

…since the rule places an obligation on the attorney rather than the client, I would be inclined to word it as “[Attorney Name], as attorney for [Party Name], hereby gives notice of compliance . . . “