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    Excellent advice from a lawyer, Mark Levin. As you began the year 2020, get into the habit of dating contracts and checks and other legal documents using the full ‘2020’ as in January 14, 2020 or 1/14/2020 and not ‘20 as in January 14, ‘20 or 1/14/20

    That way nobody can come after you and alter the year, like January 14, 2026 or 1/14/2026 or even 1/14/2008, which could bite you in that direction.

    A little thing that could save you a whole lot of hassle.
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    Good advice.
    I've been dating stuff the way we have to at work for a long time now, which is 2 digits, three letter month, four digits. Today's date would be 14Jan2020. The pharmaceutical industry is really strict on that stuff.
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    • #3
      I've seen this a few times, and I have to say, I don't get it. I understand that someone could do that, but to what end? You have already written the check for the purpose intended. If they alter the date to the future, that would just mean that they won't get their money until that date in the future (why would they do that?), or the other case is that they back date it. If they do it by a year or more in the past, the check would be invalid and uncashable. Why would they do that? I just don't track the motive....
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      • #4
        Originally posted by GTRocks View Post
        I've seen this a few times, and I have to say, I don't get it. I understand that someone could do that, but to what end? You have already written the check for the purpose intended. If they alter the date to the future, that would just mean that they won't get their money until that date in the future (why would they do that?), or the other case is that they back date it. If they do it by a year or more in the past, the check would be invalid and uncashable. Why would they do that? I just don't track the motive....
        ditto !

        my bank would not honor a check dated for 2026 , 2008 or similar. there would be a notification of an issue with that check...........

        Keith
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        • #5
          Same here if the date on the check is not correct the bank will NOT cash it.
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          • #6
            Never under estimate a crook. They think of ways to steal that normal law abiding people could never imagine.
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            • #7
              Be careful of that check theory. At my last job we took deposits and sometimes didn’t notice that the customer post dated the check and the bank would cash them every time. (By the way, in many states post dating a check is illegal.)

              An example of how a misdated check could hurt you would be it your contact was time sensitive like warranty expiration or if the laws regarding the legality of what you’re doing changes.

              You can ignore the advice if you want, just remember that “Aw, that would never happen.” is often followed up by “Holy crap, I never thought that they could do that!”
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              • #8
                I wouldn’t worry about a check as much as I would some kind of legal document. Say you sign a rental agreement on 1/15/20. A crooked landlord changes the date to 1/15/2010 , then files a suit against you for 10 years rent! How could you prove it was in 2020 and not in 2010 if you dated it simply 20 ?
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                • #9
                  You folks are so fortunate to be honest, hardworking and upstanding citizens of our society, because you'd all make lousy criminals ('cept maybe Steve & The Kid ), due to lack of imagination! A check certainly IS a legal document and changing the date on it to suit/support some dishonest claim and/or action could be devastating. And I certainly would NOT put it past some "risk management specialist/attorney" to do just such a thing, for a feather in his cap. "Hey, it's nothin' personal, it's just business!"

                  FWIW, I started 4-digit years "religiously" at the beginning of 2019. Think about it!

                  Just Sayin'
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