Prudent document retention policies and procedures are necessary in today's litigious business environment. Documents in all their forms, including paper and electronic, should be covered by a document retention policy. In the information age, email, instant messages, podcasts, blogs and list serves, to name a few, have all become common forms of communication, and potentially discoverable documents. The amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (effective December 1, 2006) require attorneys to pay specific attention to "electronically stored information" such as that found in email and instant messages. Access resources here for guidance and tips on document retention and electronic discovery.