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How to Deal with 55 Years of Lawyer Documents? Howrey Trustee Develops a Plan

The trustee for the dissolving Howrey law firm will present a plan on Wednesday for dealing with documents collected over 55 years of law practice.

Documents for more than 10,000 clients are stored in 220,000 document boxes and two data centers, the Washington Post reports. If trustee Allan Diamond gets judicial approval, he will send notices to the former clients asking them to respond within 90 days if they want their files returned. He also hopes a judge will agree to get the former clients to help pay the costs.

“This is a monumental task of the estate,” Diamond told the Washington Post. “It will probably take six to eight months.”

Some clients could be getting delivery of 10,000 boxes of documents stored in various locations, the story says. Another problem: Each box of documents will have to be checked to make sure it doesn’t contain information for multiple clients so that one client doesn’t received privileged or proprietary information about another.

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