Retention Wizard makes it easy!
An easy way to make a REAL Records Schedule!
Produce a defensible retention schedule in under an hour.
A real records schedule in under an hour...
With the Retention Wizard, you can easily produce a legally defensible, high quality Records Retention Schedule!
- Over 400 industry standard records categories from which to build your Retention Guidelines
- Expert legal research in US Federal and US state law
- Laws are pre-assigned to all categories to determine legal retention requirements
- Industry leading database of thousands of record keeping laws already organized and assigned
- Industry standard retention schedule formats
- Regular, affordable legal research updates to keep you compliant and current
For more information on Retention Wizard, please contact us to discuss your records project or to schedule a demonstration
You can publish a professional Records Retention Schedule based on the industry's most respected legal research. Best of all, Retention Wizard is extremely affordable.
With the Wizard, you can proceed confidently to organize and destroy the records that are no longer needed, knowing that you are following the best available legal requirements research.
Retention Wizard also gives you detailed descriptions and flexible codes to help organize your records. You can easily customize the categories and retention periods, and then print your new retention schedule for approval and distribution. It couldn't be easier!
Retention Wizard incorporates the expertise we have acquired from being the leading authority on records retention requirements for over 25 years. Our customers call Retention Wizard a "consultant in a box". It provides you with over 400 standard records categories pre-linked to industry-leading Federal and state legal research for each type of record.
Retaining old, unneeded records is wasteful and risky. Let the Retention Wizard help you make them all disappear!
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Why a Retention Schedule?
All companies create records in the regular course of business. These records may be created to meet business needs, comply with existing legal requirements or to protect the organization in case of litigation. Some are physical, most are electronic.
A fundamental best practice for minimizing business risk is to implement a legally-defensible records management program. The first requirement of such a program is to determine the legal requirements for records retention and destruction. These requirements are the foundation for producing a defensible records retention schedule.
Next steps include creating,
- Policies and Procedures that conform to the retention schedule,
- consistent, well-documented Policy execution and enforcement,
- integration with enterprise Content Management Systems.
There are no guarantees in a court of law, but following these steps can significantly help to establish “Good Faith” if an organization can’t produce records in litigation. This way, a company can substantially reduce both legal risk and the cost of electronic discovery.
Years ago, most attorneys thought it was prudent to keep records for long periods, or even “forever”, in case they were needed for some reason. Since the rise of multiple risks and costs associated with retaining records for too long, most attorneys now agree that records should be destroyed when no longer needed for any legal or business reason. “Keeping everything forever” did not require knowledge of the complex legal retention requirements affecting records, but the new data risk environment requires precise knowledge of what records must be kept, for how long, and how they may be destroyed.
There are thousands of U.S. laws governing how and how long companies must retain records, and they are steadily increasing in number. Responsibility for managing the risk around retaining and disposing of electronic information reaches ever deeper into management responsibilities. By improperly managing records retention, multiple organizations have been accused of obstruction of justice or destruction of evidence (spoliation), resulting in sanctions including adverse decisions or losses of rights in court. Not knowing the accurate and reasonably comprehensive records retention requirements for your company and your industry is no longer optional in corporate governance or fiduciary accountability.