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Drafting documents in plain language

Drafting documents in plain language

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Published by Practising Law Institute in New York .
Written in English

    Places:
  • United States.,
  • United States
    • Subjects:
    • Legal composition.,
    • Contracts -- United States.,
    • Commercial documents -- United States.,
    • Law -- United States -- Language.

    • Edition Notes

      StatementDuncan A. MacDonald, chairman.
      SeriesCommercial law and practice course handbook series ;, no. 203
      ContributionsMacDonald, Duncan A., Practising Law Institute.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsKF250 .D7
      The Physical Object
      Pagination504 p. (p. 498-504 blank) :
      Number of Pages504
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL4752337M
      LC Control Number78078048

      Plain language writing texts for lawyers Butt P Modern Legal Drafting: A Guide to Using Clearer Language (3 rd ed, Cambridge University Press, ).


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An Introduction Drafting documents in plain language book Legal Terminology, Reasoning, and Writing in Plain English. Author: Mark E. Wojcik; Publisher: International Law Drafting documents in plain language book ISBN: N.A Category: Language Arts & Disciplines Page: View: DOWNLOAD NOW» Employing a hands-on, structured approach, the author leads the reader through carefully crafted exercises that allow readers to Drafting documents in plain language book and.

Additional Physical Format: Online version: Drafting documents in plain language, New York, N.Y. ( Seventh Ave., New York ): Practising Law Institute. BASIC LEGAL DRAFTING offers down-to-earth instruction on how to draft well-organized and clearly articulated legal documents. A culmination of twenty-five years of teaching in the highly regarded Legal Drafting Program at the University of Florida College of Law, the book is designed to be used as a resource for law students and practicing attorneys, as well as a textbook for /5(11).

Document Drafting Handbook August Edition (Revisiondated August 9, including plain language tools, including the DDH companion document. Making Regulations Readable, on our • Technical assistance in drafting complex documents, or • Requests for special formatting.

Plain Language for Lawyers is the book you need on hand when faced with arguments about using “must” in prefernce to “shall”, or the need to avoid.

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INTRODUCTION The charge that we lawyers cannot write plain English is often supported by the quality of our legal documents.' Legal drafting has aspects of complexity and precision not found in the great bulk of writing with which pre-law students are familar.

Home | Previous | Next Principles of Clear Writing 1. Write in the active voice. The active voice eliminates confusion by forcing you to name the actor in a sentence. This construction makes clear to the reader who is to perform the duty. The passive voice makes sentences longer and roundabout.

Who is responsible is much less obvious. Passive verbs must: imposes obligation, indicates a necessity to Drafting documents in plain language book. Minimize definitions. We have one rule for dealing with definitions: use them rarely. Definitions often cause more problems than they solve.

Uniformly, writing experts advise keeping definitions to a minimum (DickersonGarnerKimble ). The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) is a community of federal employees dedicated to the idea that citizens deserve clear communications from government.

We believe that using plain language saves federal agencies time and money and provides better service to the American public. electronic delivery of documents, plain English versions will be Drafting documents in plain language book to read electronically than legalese.

The SEC’s staff has created this handbook to help speed and smooth the transition to plain English. It includes proven tips from those in the private sector who have already created Drafting documents in plain language book English disclosure documents.

exclusively on legal writing, legal drafting, Drafting documents in plain language book citation, and plain language. His first book, Writing for the Legal Audience, will be published by Carolina Academic Press in Januaryand he is an associate editor for the Scribes Journal of Legal Writing.

Modern Legal Drafting provides a comprehensive, authoritative guide to drafting legal documents in effective, plain English. Peter Butt, a leading expert in the field, has fully revised and updated the text for this new edition.

It combines a practical focus with the legal principles that underpin the use of plain language in law. Legal Drafting Seminars. We specialise in seminars and workshops on the techniques for drafting legal documents that are both reader-friendly and legally precise. We tailor our seminars to the needs of the particular client.

We can design seminars for large and small groups, for one hour, for several hours, or for a whole day.

Typical seminar. The drafting of legal documents such as contracts is different as, unlike in most other legal writing categories, it is common to use language and clauses that are derived from form books, legal opinions and other documents without attribution.

Lawyers use forms documents when drafting documents such as contracts, wills, and judgments. Language; Whether the reader predominantly speaks first, second or third language of the language in which the document is drafted will influence how easily the document is understood.

The drafting style will have to be adapted accordingly. The following guidelines can assist in drafting documents in plain language: Use short sentences. Recommendation – Plain Language in Regulatory Drafting identifies tools and techniques agencies have used successfully to write regulatory documents (including rulemaking preambles and guidance documents) using plain language, proposes best practices for agencies in structuring their internal drafting processes, and suggests ways agencies can best use.

The article concludes that, in the light of this research, there is no good reason to avoid using plain language in property-related statutes and documents. Keywords: plain language, plain english, modern drafting, legal drafting, property, property law, real propertyAuthor: Peter Butt.

Legal drafting in plain language. Robert C. Dick. Carswell, Aug 1, - Law - pages. 0 Reviews. From inside the book. What people are frequently Gage Canadian Dictionary guarantor includes income interest adjustment date interpretation lawyer lease legal documents legal drafting legislative loan amount Lord Denning Louis-Philippe.

This entry was posted in Legal Drafting on June 6, by Wayne. My book on plain writing I’m pleased to recommend my book, which promotes plain writing in. A Plain English Handbook: How to Create Clear SEC Disclosure Documents.

Washington, DC: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Assistance This handbook shows how you can use well-established techniques for writing in plain English to create clearer and more informative disclosure documents.

In the literature of legislative drafting, the debate arguably is encompassed in a question of whether the goal of drafting is clarity or accuracy. m See, e.g., Martineau and Salerno, Legal, Legislative, and Rule Drafting in Plain English, p. (); Haggard, Legal Drafting in a Nutshell, p. (2nd ed.

)("Although [accuracy] is. This clearly structured and well-referenced book shows how and why traditional legal language has developed some of the peculiar characteristics that sometimes make legal documents inaccessible to the end users. It examines recent reforms in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and North America, and provides a critical examination of case law and the rules of.

Plain English: simple and clear Use ‘plain English’ in contracts: a businessman should be able to understand what it says. The involvement of a legal counsel should be necessary only to give an impartial view, oversee the legal consequences, to clarify that certain phrases are normal or to confirm that indeed they reflect the parties.

The push for plain language drafting is, of course, nothing new. Joseph Kimble, Emeritus professor at WMU–Cooley Law School, has been writing on the topic for more than 30 years. He has written. Drafting is the preliminary stage of a written work in which the author begins to develop a more cohesive product.

A draft document is the product the writer creates in the initial stages of the writing process. In the drafting stage, the author: In a book that became popular in the s, The Elements of Style, famed authors Strunk and White.

Modern Legal Drafting provides a comprehensive, authoritative guide to drafting legal documents in effective, plain English. Peter Butt, a leading expert in the field, has fully revised and updated the text for this new edition.

It combines a practical focus with the legal principles that underpin the use of plain language in law. This dual practical and academic approach distinguishes it. Plain language is writing designed to ensure the reader understands as quickly, easily, and completely as possible.

Plain language strives to be easy to read, understand, and use. It avoids verbose, convoluted language and many countries, laws mandate that public agencies use plain language to increase access to programs and services.

Plain English (or layman's terms) is language that is intended to be clear and attempts to avoid complex vocabulary. It attempts to be free of clichés and needless technical jargon, and should be appropriate to the audience's developmental or educational level and their familiarity with the term is commonly used when discussing government or business.

• re-drafting of sections to conform with, or clarify, our existing requirements • drafting changes to ensure consistency of our plain language style • harmonizing with NI To assist in your review, we have provided a blackline showing theses non-material changes in Appendix 1.

Lawyer: “Drafting in Plain English requires more time explaining the contract to clients and opposing parties.” Whaaaa??!!.

When I first heard this objection I actually had to pause to parse that notion. If you use Plain English understandable to your audience, your contract should be understandable and not need further explanation.

and efficient drafting usages. The language and structure of contracts is inherently more limited and stylized than that of, say, an appellate brief, and so can be more readily mastered, given suitable reference sources.

At the same time, the incentives to master drafting are greater than in general legal writing: every provision of a. including plain language, has a “high moral value,” then it should be practiced.

I relied on several noted authorities in making the plain-language changes to your contract. In addition to Professors Kimble and Pinker, the following resources support the changes I made (all these materials—ex - cept for Garner’s ABA Journal article, avail.

Parliamentary drafting is an art and it is right that we share our guiding principles. This shows our strong commitment to ensuring that Scottish legislation is drafted in language which is as plain, clear and concise as the subject allows.

Sharing this material will allow the drafting of primary. The Paper ‘Drafting, Appearances and Pleadings’ has been included in the syllabus with a view to equip the students with legal drafting abilities, legal frame work pertaining to the appearances before various tribunals/ quasi judicial bodies and the basic understanding of the principles of pleadings.

Drafting of deeds and documents. Accessible and witty, Legal Writing in Plain English draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through decades of teaching ant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting, and the book’s principles are reinforced by sets of basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section.

To provide delegates with the opportunity to critique their writing styles, so that they can detect bad drafting habits and develop a clear, unambiguous communication style To provide delegates with an overview of the way that the courts in the UK interpret legal documents, and to test their understanding with a series of drafting exercises.

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The Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, presents this free guide to legal writing to help agencies produce clear, enforceable regulatory documents.A modern plain Ebook movement did not really arise until the s.

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