Backdating an email
For example, the date when the event itself occurs can be uncertain.Sometimes the law governing the event is ambiguous, and other times the facts surrounding the event are unclear.Likewise, backdating is a common practice in the conveyance of property, and here too the time of the transfer of ownership can be unclear.Determining the date of an event is further complicated by ambiguous records, limited recollections and the reliance on the recollections or statements of others.Typically this type of backdating occurs when the beneficiary of the backdating can reap some sort of tax or other benefit if the event had occurred on the earlier date.Examples of improper, fraudulent backdating: However, not all backdating involves fabrication.
It is also important to have an attorney review the issue and provide guidance before you choose to backdate anything.
This article provides a brief overview of how to distinguish legitimate backdating from improper backdating.
To a layperson, backdating sounds like a bad thing. Its legitimacy depends upon its purpose and effect. It is improper, of course, to date a document on one date, but the event occurred on a different, later date.
This is both a common and legitimate use of backdating.
Examples of legitimate memorialization: Simply put, if a document is dated before the occurrence of an event, the backdating is fabricated and improper.