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Inactive Files to Keep
Files that should be kept longer than the suggested minimum of 6 years include the following:
1.         Cases involving a minor who is still a minor at the end of 6 years.
2.         Estate plans for a client who is still alive 6 years after the work is performed.
3.         Contracts or other agreements that are still being paid off at the end of 6 years.
4.         Cases in which a judgment should be renewed.
5.         Files establishing a tax basis for property.
6.         Criminal law files should be kept for one year after the client is released from custody.
7.         Support and custody files in which the children are minors or the support obligation continues.
8.         Corporate books and records.
9.         Files of problem clients.
10.       Adoption files.