Follow these five steps to create a defensible legal hold audit process

Litigation is inevitable — and all too often, so are accusations of lost, destroyed or withheld evidence. Yet many companies aren’t prepared. They may not have a clear record of when a legal hold was issued or who received it — meaning they have to scramble to put notices together when litigation arises. Out-of-date legacy systems of complicated spreadsheets or confusing email read receipts are expensive, time-consuming and risky.

But you can do better. Our audit trail checklist provides five simple steps to create your own customized litigation response plan. Dig in for an outline of where to start, which of course is where discovery obligations begin, with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. From there, learn tips on assessing your current approach and selecting automated, cloud-based tools based on today’s best technologies. And no system is complete without the people who implement it, so you’ll find useful suggestions on how to get your team on board.

If you want to respond to litigation quickly, comprehensively and confidently, this guide can help!

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