Before you start creating your document template, you need to choose a Container type.
Containers are the template type-specific top and/or bottom parts of a document that remain relatively the same whenever you open a new document.
In other words, Containers "contain" a document similar to an automated header and footer. Letterheads and Captions are set up as Containers so you can use them to automate other templates quickly and easily.
Once you set up your Containers, rather than entering address blocks or formatting case captions for every new document you draft, you can focus your attention on the actual body of your documents.
Below in the orange boxes show what can be filled easily from a Container.
- To add or edit any Document Container, go Smokeball Settings.
- Double click or right click to modify a Document Container.
- Review or Edit any Container.
- Field Insertions, Asks, and If/Then/Else Statements can be used in Document Containers, but on a more limited basis since Containers are used across all matter types.
- Follow all best practices of Template Creation and Automation outlined in other articles in this section.
- Select "save & close" to save any changes.
- There are several Document Container Types.
|Letter||Letterhead and your signature block used to create|
|Form||Court form with a Caption and signature block|
|Other||Used for custom types of Document Containers|
|Invoice||Used if drafting invoices in Word. It is quick and easy to send invoices out of Smokeball Billing so this type is not used frequently.|