Electronic Discovery: Give Me Your Hard Drive!
With computers affecting every aspect of our lives, evidence related to lawsuits is often found on them. E-mail messages, instant messages, Facebook and other social-site postings, and computer-driven calendars can hold important information. Courts have decided that information on your hard drive and online can be requested and must be turned over in the discovery process. There’s an entire subspecialty in finding information on people’s hard drives and servers. You might end up hiring one of these specialists, who often charge between $100 and $300 per hour.