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set variable to date time, null value is equal to 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM


I need to check if a date field (LegalDate) has been filled in.  Date fields don't have the ability to check if it is empty or not (bummer) so I decided to set a text variable txt_LegalDate = LegalDate and then do a run if txt_LegalDate is empty.

Oddly enough the LegalDate field on the list is empty but when I set the txt_LegalDate field equal to the current value (Null) the workflow assigns 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM to txt_LegalDate.  Huh?

Now I'm checking to see if txt_LegalDate contains "0001".  This works but seems really hokey.  Is there a better way?



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