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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Don't date documents with x/x/20

2020Many of us use only the last two digits of a year when dating a document. You must resist this practice in 2020! Signing a document with just "20" makes it too easy for an evil person to backdate a document by adding "19," "18," etc. after the "20."

This is really "throwback" advice -- the same thing was true in 1919!


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What you wrote is also true, not only for backdating, but also for adding a future year -- which, for example, later on makes a 2020 stale check good again by changing mm/dd/20 to, e.g., mm/dd/2021.

Posted by: Richard | Jan 5, 2020 10:03:35 AM

The dating convention/system used in the U.S. armed forces and in many foreign countries is probably the clearest and least likely to mis-reading or mistake: instead of 01/01/2020, they write 01Jan2020

Posted by: Richard | Jan 5, 2020 10:08:36 AM

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