How to create your own Pleading Paper template, Part 1

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Pleading Paper Templates in Microsoft Word: How to Modify Them Easily

[…] you read the first post in this series, you know that there are two basic formats of Pleading […]

Sandra Jackson

I need to create a Docket page in MS Word for every day that our three Judges will be in Court that will state where they will be and the cases that they will hear on that date. I have been creating these manually but it is a pain so I wondered if I could perform a mail merge for these but then run into the issue of how to save each page with its own individual file name. I’d like to use the following file name convention: JUDGE’S INITIALSyyyymmdd.docx. Do you have any suggestions? Could a macro do this and if so, can you help me with the macro?

    Deborah Savadra

    Right off the top of my head, I’d suggest investigating a plug-in to do this rather than attempting to program your own macro. One that comes to mind would be TheFormTool ( I’m not sure if it can save the separate documents with the file naming convention you specified, but it’s worth taking a look at it. There’s a free version and an $89 version (and if you head over to, you can probably still get a coupon code for a discount). Google “Microsoft Word mail merge plugin” and see what else you can come up with.

      Sandra Jackson

      Thank you for such a prompt response. At least that’s a start. I appreciate your advice.

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