Ten Tools for Creating Clear Legal Documents

Ten Tools for Creating Clear Legal Documents

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Overview
CLE Hours: 
1.5
CLE Credit: 
Substantive
Course Level: 
Basic
Fees: 
$39 for Members and $59 for Nonmembers
Course Materials: 
Webinar recording and a PDF of the PowerPoint slides

What’s the most important tool in a toolbox? Is it a wrench or a screwdriver? How about a hammer? Or maybe it is that nail or screw you need to fasten the final product? For most projects, you’ll likely need all of these tools (and a few more). This is also true in legal drafting. To create a clear document that effectively protects our client’s interests, we drafters need many tools to finish the job. This webinar will focus on ten of the tools needed to create clear, user-friendly legal documents. Some of these tools – like using the active voice and avoiding nominalizations – you probably already use. But many, I suspect, will be little used tools in your toolbox. It’s time to dust them off and put them to use in your practice.

By the end of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between vagueness and ambiguity;
  • Articulate strategies for eliminating semantic and contextual ambiguity from legal documents; 
  • Shape their use of vagueness in order to create contracts that are legally sound yet easy to understand;
  • Discuss the core factors needed to design documents that are user-centered and easy to understand; and
  • Employ plain-language editing strategies to more easily and accurately simplify existing documents without impacting their legal effectiveness.
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Course Year: 
2017

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