File Retention and Destruction

A guide for Illinois Lawyers

File Retention and Destruction
A guide for Illinois Lawyers

Many Illinois lawyers are surprised to learn that there are few legal or ethical requirements that a lawyer keep a client file for any defined period of time. Nonetheless, prudence dictates that lawyers maintain client files for a defined period following the conclusion of the engagement.

This resource is designed to aid Illinois lawyers in determining what documents must be kept, how, and for how long following the end of a representation.

To keep or not to keep? That is the question. Learn the Dos and Don'ts of file retention and destruction. 

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