If you are fortunate enough to find a case file of papers for a court or probate case, put them in chronological order before reading and analyzing them. Legal documents are confusing enough. Reading them out of order makes it even worse.

The same goes for papers from a pension or other government benefit application.

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  1. What I do is number each of the documents in the order found in the packet. Just in case there is a reason for the order. Then I transcribe them. After I have done that, I put the transcription in date order.

    • That’s not a bad idea. Once I’ve got them organized, for court cases I generally look at the bill of complaint, response of defendant, and any conclusions of the court–to give me an overview of the case (hopefully).

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