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Document Retention Guide

Posted November 2, 2020

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Over the years, it is very easy to start accumulating financial and legal documents. What’s not as easy is understanding if and when you can actually dispose of these documents. What is important to know is that documents don’t have to be kept in paper format and can be retained electronically. This helps keep down on the amount of stuff that can accumulate over the years and help provide better security (assuming you are using strong, unique passwords on your electronic devices).

Whether you are keeping documents in physical or digital form is completely up to you, but maintaining the records for the required timeframe is important to ensure that you are protecting yourself in the event of IRS audits, insurance claims, lawsuits, etc…

Good document retention and a plan for organizing and accessing these documents are part of financial wellness and any good financial plan. At Thayer Financial, we support our clients in creating strategies for securing their family’s important documents and providing structure on how to organize these documents.


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