Legal Drafting: How Should a Document Begin?
Kirk, Maurice B.
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Focuses on the importance of clarity in the introduction of legal documents. The author condemns rigid language and boilerplate language that does not reflect the terms of a negotiation. The author urges lawyers to start clearly with “an explicit (usually statutory) requirement otherwise, a beginning is sufficient if it identifies the party or parties and the attempted legal action. Everything else is a term, a formality, or an addendum to supply factual information.”