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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Preserving Evidence Before the Case Begins

Because the “best evidence” rule requires original documents and items whenever possible, you need to make sure the originals are kept in their unchanged, original state. Make a list of all the evidence you plan to bring to court, and make copies of the originals. As best as you can remember, give a history of where the document or item was before you pulled it out to use in your trial. List the people who handled it and might have had an opportunity to access it. Keep a copy of the list, and give another copy to your lawyer.
If you give the original documents or items to your attorney, ask how they will be preserved until trial and what will happen to them after trial. Most law offices have a log ...

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