RE: How Long to Keep Files of Completed Projects

Subject: RE: How Long to Keep Files of Completed Projects
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: 'LTC Writer' <Ltc -dot- writer -at- comcast -dot- net>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 14:02:08 +0000

Conservatively speaking, I would say "forever."

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Subject: How Long to Keep Files of Completed Projects

Hello,



How long do you keep files of completed projects? Is there a legal requirement to keep them?



The company that I left, kept copies of major revision drafts and the final draft. The final publication was kept in another location. I think that when that document came up for revision, the old drafts were thrown out. Of course, the electronic master files are on a server. I remember a couple of times when the corporate lawyer wanted all the files related to a document when someone sued the company related to the product.



I am in my 12th year of independent tech writing and in the earlier years, reviews were done on hard copies. I have continued the same practice except that I generally do not update those documents. One reason I kept the revisions, research information, and meeting notes is because if I or the client was sued for errors and omissions, I would have some documentation that might be useful as a defense. Now I am running out of space to store file boxes. I am thinking of recycling about six years' of files. I still have electronic files on CDs and a hard drive but these files do not contain hard copy review notes. I have not had to go back to any of my paper files.
Should I just clean house and get rid of the paper files? Do I keep any of them?



Tim Lewis

Lewis Technical Communications, Inc.

3218 Redhawk Trail

Rockford, IL 61109-6116

815-873-9944



Making complex information more useful.




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