Plain language in law
Contracts: hard to understand
Lawyers may not always realize how often their clients find contracts difficult to read and impossible to understand. Their clients find that these contracts
contain archaic word choices
consist of long sentences
contain redundant information
refer to laws that are not explained in the text
Plain language business strategy
Lawyers who have embraced a plain language business strategy have noticed
increased work efficiency
improved client relations
improved client satisfaction
Time to clarify
Lawyers often realize their contracts could do with clarification. Only they find they don’t have the time to spend on the project to produce clearer versions of their (standard) contracts.
With my background as a lawyer I understand why your clarification project keeps ending up on the bottom of your priorities list.
Just as you help protect your clients from a legal standpoint, I can help you create clearer contracts from a communications perspective. This means you can continue to focus on your daily business while I work on clarifying your contracts.
I have over a decade of experience in writing, copyediting and proofreading in both English and Dutch as a former employment law attorney (Dutch LL.M.). In that capacity I have drafted 1,000+ verdicts, contracts and other legal documents. The law firm where I was employed had plain language as their policy.
For the purpose of applying plain language to legal contracts it is actually beneficial that I haven’t studied American or Canadian law. It helps me to determine the difficulties your clients experience when dealing with a contract. It also gives me the opportunity to offer a rewrite without the burden of professional jargon and tradition that you acquired while you were attending law school.
Contact me to find out how I can help you to create plain language contracts.