Introduction and Objectives

The objectives of the File Retention and Disposal module are:

  1. To explain why you need to keep your closed files and for how long.
  2. To review acceptable methods of document disbursal, file storage, and file destruction.

Navigating this Module

This module features these components:

Written Material: The module describes the purposes of retaining files, the requirements relating to file retention, how to close files, and methods of file destruction.

Test: The test for this module features a fact pattern followed by two parts, a question and a justification. You must get answers to both parts correct in order to complete the test. If you get one or both parts incorrect, you will get an opportunity to reattempt the test. Test questions are drawn from the written material only and not the Appendices, Additional Resources, or the footnotes to the written material.

Appendices and Additional Resources: Additional valuable resources are available, some of which are included in the Appendices and Additional Resources sections of this module. You are not tested on this additional material, although you are encouraged to review any resources that best suit the nature of your practice or if you experience difficulty comprehending the material that will be tested.

Although we aim to present a comprehensive module, this module is not exhaustive. This module is not a substitute for exercising professional judgment and does not constitute legal advice.