Hi Tim Blankenship here with divorce661.com. And today I’m talking more about security with documents with your court documents. There’s a lot of questions people ask me about divorce, but you know what people never ask me? They never ask me what happens with all the paperwork once we’re done or even during the process.
What I’m referring to, we go through several drafts of paperwork for folks when we’re doing their divorce. So, I’ll be printing and scanning and sending copies of things to folks and when there are changes to be made or errors made or things that are corrected of course there is trash and there is waste, and there are documents that need to be shredded.
So aside from just asking how much does it cost, how long does it take, if you’re talking to a paralegal company or even a law firm, one of the questions you should ask is what happens to my paperwork after we’re done?
This is what we do. We have 2 or 3 bins that are delivered by one of the waste disposal companies, I think it’s Iron Horse, Iron something I forget what it’s called. But we have 2 bins in our reception area, once we’re done if I have documents that need to be shredded I take them at least once a month and put them in the shredder bin so they can be destroyed properly.
Also, the entire file once your divorce is done, any hard copy file is also put in the shredder. So, everything is literally gone, when you are done with your divorce with us, we don’t have any type of copies of anything of yours that could be taken that could be used to steal your identity that could be used to claim your social security number.
Remember we’re talking about court forms, they have a list of property, assets, debts, a lot of personal information, social security numbers in some cases, driver’s licenses numbers, your children’s names and date of birth, everything you need to have your identity stolen is in these documents.
So, you’re going to want to make sure to ask, what do you do, if you’re not using my company obviously we’re shredding our documents. But if your talking to someone else instead of saying hey, I’m looking for the cheapest price, or whatever it is, however you shop for someone to handle your divorce, ask what happens to your paperwork before once your case is finalized to make sure that your documents are being shredded as opposed to just being thrown in the regular trash.
Tim Blankenship with divorce661.com specializing in California divorce. Give me a call if you have any questions, be happy to