It’s the start of a new decade and the year 2020 brings with it many things such as the discovery that 2019 doesn’t really turn into 2020 that easily when writing the date, and a spate of hilarious puns regarding one’s visual acuity.
But an important security concern is being highlighted by legal professionals regarding the dating of both personal and business documents that could save you a lot of time and trouble.
It’s been commonplace for many years to abbreviate the year to the last two digits when dating documents i.e. 25/03/85, meaning 25 March 1985.
However, as many people on the internet have pointed out, it can very easily be manipulated simply by adding two more digits to the end.
When writing the date in 2020, write the year in its entirety. It could possibly protect you and prevent legal issues on paperwork. Example: If you just write 1/1/20, one could easily change it to 1/1/2017 (for instance) and now your signature is on an incorrect document.
— Dusty Rhodes (@AuditorRhodes) December 31, 2019
If you are in the habit of abbreviating the date year, you run the risk of being defrauded by scammers.
It is critical that you take the appropriate steps to protect yourself, therefore, when dating documents this year, we urged you not to shorten the year 2020 to ‘20’.
When signing legal documents, you must always ensure the date year is entered in full to avoid any potential issues occurring, now and into the future.
This generally only applies to handwritten dates, however, as a matter of principle, it may be beneficial to use the full date year for both physical and digital documents.
If you have any concerns over signing a document, please contact us on +61 7 3001 2999 or via our Contact page.
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