Category Archives: Legal Practice

Are your records safe?

This morning a fire broke out inside a power plant in New Orleans resulting in a water main break and flooded streets. Incidents just like this remind us of how important it is to protect our business and personal records.

Advice on dealing with wet and moldy records

Paperless office transition

Many offices would like to go paperless but making the transition isn’t so easy and you may need a home for your paper records.  Elmwood Records Center can make the move much easy by providing a place to store your records while also offering scanning, record retrieval and destruction services. Contact our Records Analyst, Matt Glaviano for a complimentary consultation and let us assess your needs as you move to a paperless environment.

Advice on handling wet & moldy records

Hurricanes, Floods and Basement flooding is more and more common. Records kept in unsafe places can turn into a nightmare.


Paper records and electronic devices often are among the items damaged by rain or flood water, and organizations must determine whether and how to restore these documents or to securely destroy them. NAID says it recently published two articles describing the disposition of wet records and how to handle moldy records. 

NAID CEO Robert Johnson says, ”In the event wet paper records are old enough to discard, disposing of them in a secure and safe manner is still a struggle. On the other hand, if the records have not reached their legal disposal date, there are still some basic steps that allow organizations to avoid problems due to their loss.”

Link to this Secured Business Destruction Magazine article:

www.sdbmagazine.com/naid-offers-advice-wet-records.aspx

Oh No! The file is missing…

What’s the cost of a missing file? Stress, productivity loss, or the loss of confidential information that could result in litigation? We can help you cut out the headache no matter the size of your business. Records management starting packages begin at $29.95 monthly. Click here to learn more.

It’s just that easy…

Have you ever visited someone’s office and noticed a confidential client file left open on their desk?

Is there one shared printer in your office that employees collect printed materials from sporadically?

Has the receptionist at your doctor’s office ever called you to the window and asked you to update your file while another patient’s file was sitting on the desk?  These are all examples of data breaches. What can you do to keep them from happening? Let Elmwood Records complete a needs analysis for you and help you eliminate your risk.

Records and real estate

Each four-drawer file cabinet holds an average of 10,000 to 12,000 documents, takes up to 9 square feet of floor space, and costs $1,500 per year. That’s a lot of money and real estate! Have you explored the cost savings of sending your records off-site?  

Mitigating Risk

Records management and archival systems help organizations avoid risks to their finances, their employees, their brand and more. Everyday companies have to deal with stolen laptops, missing files, website hackers, and enterprise system security breaches.  Isn’t it time your organization started investigating ways to mitigate risk?

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It’s Time to Purge your Business Records

Every year after Thanksgiving, businesses all over the world clean out older files and make space for the new year. It’s time to set a date for your “Purge Party”. One thing I know you will need is Records Storage Boxes,. Why pay more for lower quality at the big name stores.

Elmwood Records Center has heavy duty records storage boxes that are made to last. Order your boxes today. Special pricing for volume discounts and delivery are available. Call Matt Glaviano, Elmwood’s Records Analyst at 504-826-9090 or email him at mattglaviano@elmwoodrecords.com to place your order now.

Are your Business Records Safe from Intrusion or Misuse

data breach is a security incident in which sensitive, protected or confidential information, business records or data media is copied, transmitted, viewed, stolen or used by an individual unauthorized to do so (including a disgruntled employee).

Incidents range from purposeful attack to careless disposal of hard-copy business records or data media storage. Millions of business records including confidential or sensitive personal or corporate information were involved in security breaches in the United States last year alone.

The departure of a trusted staff member with access to sensitive information can become a data breach if the staff member retains access to the data subsequent to termination of the trust relationship.

Isn’t it time to protect your valued business records in a “Trusted Environment” where only authorized individuals can access them.

Elmwood Records Management is ready to help.

Deciding when it is Time Send Records Off Site

If there is one thing every lawyer has plenty of, it’s paper: motions, pleadings, contracts, invoices, letters and other documents, either gathering dust in banker’s boxes or filling up file cabinets.

The problem can be especially acute for solos, since solo practitioners typically have finite space for files — both in their offices and on their computers.
The obvious solution is to get rid of some of those documents. But which ones, and when?
Apart from the general rules regarding the safekeeping of client property, the American Bar Association has rules regarding retention of records for attorneys. But such entities do offer guidelines, such as keeping copies of all files for at least 10 years to protect against potential malpractice claims.
It’s not necessary to hang on to records for on site for 10 years. Send them to Elmwood Records Management