Avoiding Track-Changes and Metadata Embarrassment

Today’s post at Attorney at Work is “Give Final Documents a Good Scrubbing,” by Deborah Savadra. It’s a useful reminder of the simple steps you can take to avoid creating problems for yourself by unwittingly sending the other side a draft that discloses information you’d rather not have disclosed.

Information doesn’t have to constitute a state secret in order for you to prefer that it be deleted. For example, if you copy a document created by Fred Smith, you might well prefer that Fred Smith not be noted in metadata as the author of the new document.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.