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MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12: Florida Governor Rick Scott puts his signature to paper during a bill signing ceremony for House Bill 99, the Florida Safe Harbor Act and House Bill 7049, Human Trafficking, at the Kristi House in Miami. on June 12, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The Governor is in a legal battle with the U.S. Justice Department over the state's effort to remove non-U.S. citizens from lists of registered voters ahead of this year's presidential election. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Now that the new year is here, we all need to acclimate to writing 2020 instead of 2019. Experts are warning people, however, that when signing financial and legal documents, checks, rental agreements, etc., people should write the year as 2020 in full instead of abbreviating it to 20.

Dusty Rhodes, the Hamilton, Ohio auditor, explains this in detail, saying, “When writing the date in 2020, write the year in its entirety. It could possibly protect you and prevent legal issues on paperwork. Example: If you just write 1/1/20, one could easily change it to 1/1/2017 (for instance) and now your signature is on an incorrect document.”

This information is so valuable that it has been shared repeatedly on social media. A police department in Maine shared the information on Facebook and also added, “This is sound advice and should be considered when signing any legal or professional document. It could potentially save you some trouble down the road.”

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