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In todays world of ever increasing technology much of what had been the written word is now the Cyberspace word Much of what had been printed and transmitted by mail or overnight delivery or facsimile is now sent by e-mail or on-line group session In short messages that would have required a few days or a few hours to prepare and deliver five years ago can now be transmitted electronically within seconds All well and good but what does this have to do with the law you might ask Perhaps the most important step in determining someones rights or defenses in an actual or potential lawsuit is determining what the evidence will show if a case is brought to trial One of the most compelling forms of evidence is the written word Judges and juries can hold documents and read them for themselves When they look at contemporaneously prepared documents they often conclude they do not necessarily need to decide whether the testimony like from a live witness in Court is truthful Many times the fact that something appears in a document usually generated years prior to the trial is enough Interesting observation you say but what does this have to do with technology or e-mail When writers needed to put pen to paper literally or at least had to type text or have someone type it for them and then sign the document so that it could be physically delivered they usually took a fair amount of care to make certain that they meant what they wrote and were willing to abide by what they wrote The very process of creating the document tended to make the writer think about it sometimes edit it and in general appreciate that the document might come back to haunt him if he did not really mean what he wrote Now the fact is that many companies use electronic mail as a
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