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I am sorry to hear about this situation.
If the suit is with the County or District Court, then the answer is yes - non-attorneys can now "efile," although they do not have to.
If the suit is with a local Justice of the Peace Court, then the efiling is allowed only if the local Court allows it (Rule 502.1). Most Justice of the Peace Courts still require pleadings to be filed by paper.
Finally, an ex parte (emergency) motion can only be heard with the party actually before the Court. So even if efiling, the petition would still not be considered until/unless someone is there to argue it before the Judge on the day of filing.
Ergo, efiling an ex parte may be somewhat impractical since someone still has to go down to the Court to argue it.
Now, if the individual is disabled/bedridden, special rules may apply and if so, reply and let me know and we can discuss this.
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