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Reviewing Beneficiaries Following a Divorce: Avoiding the Revenge of ‘Old Paper’

October 2018 Bar Bulletin

By John Roeller

We knew it was time to take action when the last file drawer refused to close. This summer our practice completed a long-postponed paperless conversion, moving everything we had stored on paper up to the cloud. Now, as we wield greater command over documents and celebrate an apparent triumph of the digital age, is there reason to fear “Old Paper’s” revenge?

The Estate of Kennedy v. DuPont,1 argued before the U.S. Supreme Court 10 years ago this month, provides a cautionary reminder of the risk from “Old Paper” lurking in forgotten files.

William Kennedy was a DuPont employee...

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