Legal-Ease: Important documents and where to keep them

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

Over time, most of us accumulate a variety of important legal documents. Birth certificates, vehicle titles, social security cards, wills, deeds to real estate, life insurance policies, tax returns and other various records begin to pile up. Some of these can be easily replaced. For others, the original holds special legal value and should be kept secure.

Some people believe that important documents should be kept for seven years. Other people burn almost every document as soon as possible, believing that the bank, accountant or lawyer will retain whatever should be kept.

None of us want to keep tons of paper forever and eventually find ourselves featured on the television program “Hoarders.” However, certain documents should be kept forever, other documents should be kept for several years and other documents can be discarded almost immediately.

Read more about legal documents and how long to keep them in Lee’s article for the Lima News, “Legal-Ease: Important documents and where to keep them.”

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Important documents and where to keep them,” by Lee R. Schroeder, February 4, 2017.

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