Ring in the New Year! But Be Careful About Abbreviating Dates

On behalf of everyone at Dady & Gardner, P.A., we want to wish you all a very Happy New Year.  As we now enter this next decade, we wanted to warn you of a potential issue that has recently gained some media attention.

The year 2020 inherently lends itself to potential problems when abbreviated.  As an example, suppose you and a third party agreed that a payment was due to you on March 5, 2020, but you only wrote out the date as 3/5/20.  Someone could easily manipulate that date to appear as something different (and potentially harmful), for example, 3/5/2021, by simply adding more numbers after the “20.”  So, was the payment due on 3/5/2020 or 3/5/2021?

To avoid unnecessary confusion, and to protect yourself from potential legal issues in the future, make it a New Year’s Resolution to write out the year portion of the dates in full.

*NOTICE: This blog is intended solely for informational purposes and should not be construed as providing legal advice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding this blog post.