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June 28, 2017

Keeping Your Law Practice Locked Down (The Way it Should Be)

If you work at a law firm or are a practicing lawyer, chances are that you understand the importance of ensuring that internal documents stay internal. You likely also understand the importance of adhering to relevant federal laws including FACTA and HIPAA. Although many lawyers have the logistics figured out, not always is it considered that using in-house equipment to shred material might not be  enough. What’s more, it’s not always evident that every law firm has a document retention and destruction policy that seeks to fulfill client confidentiality.

In-house shredding machines simply don’t do a good enough job. Most of these devices leave the document in a vertical strip form which can easily be reconstructed. There usually isn’t any horizontal cutting happening inside these machines. Furthermore, using in house shredders means that someone in the firm is responsible for disposing of these documents one way or another. Simply tossing these strips in the recycling bin is a very dangerous decision, as it only takes someone willing to take a dive into the dumpster to risk exposing high-value information! Additionally there has to be a high level of trust placed in this employee that he or she delivers the destroyed documents in a safe manner. There is always a potential conflict of interest in such a situation.

The great news is that there are ways to try and alleviate these concerns however. Implementing a proper document destruction and retention policy is the first step.

While ensuring a proper retention policy is in place is key, it still can’t be 100% fool-proof, especially if you are destroying documents in house with conventional equipment. So what is the ideal answer? Use a dedicated shredder. Here are a few reasons why:

If you’re Minnesota law office is seeking document destruction advice, or would like to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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