Years ago, it was common to include complete Social Security Numbers in important legal documents such as powers of attorney, wills, and the like. These documents then might be filed in the county records. Then along came identity theft. A few years ago the Texas county and district clerks began “redacting” (blacking over) the identifying information that was available to the public and made people vulnerable to theft.
Times have changed. Keep in mind the following tips when you are drafting, storing or using legal documents.