A commercial lease for a small company using a small office space will likely be much shorter and will require less complexity, but may still be somewhat formal. Yet many practicing lawyers, busy as they are with deadlines and heavy workloads, often resort to a template-based, outdated, hyperformal writing style in both analytical and transactional documents.
And an email message to a friend and client, updating the status of a legal matter, is appropriately informal. Whatever you choose to do, make sure that it works for you, regardless of what others recommend.
First, buy yourself a set of multi-colored highlighters, with at least four, or perhaps five or six different colors. Or a lawyer who has filed a successful motion to dismiss a lawsuit may use the same or a very similar form of motion again in another case, and so on.
Remember, the reason to make a brief is not to persuade the world that the ultimate decision in the case is a sound one, but rather to aid in refreshing your memory concerning the most important parts of the case. Capture that provision or debated point in your restatement of the issue.
Without annotations, you will likely have difficulty locating the information you seek even in the short cases. Joseph Kimble, a modern plain-English expert and advocate, rejects the claim that legalese is less ambiguous in The Great Myth that Plain Language is not Precise.
When you read a case for the first time, read for the story and for a basic understanding of the dispute, the issues, the rationale, and the decision. Legal drafting requires no legal authority citation and generally is written without a stylised voice.
In California, lawyers follow the California Style Manual. Legal drafting[ edit ] Legal drafting creates binding legal text.
Learn to delete every surplus word. For example, a lawyer who must prepare a contract and who has prepared a similar contract before will often re-use, with limited changes, the old contract for the new occasion.
Predictive legal analysis[ edit ] The legal memorandum is the most common type of predictive legal analysis; it may include the client letter or legal opinion.
Then ask, How does this case relate to other cases in the same general area of law. As you hit these elements or what you think are these elements make a mark in the margins.
S ] Yelin, A. Garner is the president of LawProse Inc. And in order to typically has two words too many—to can do the work alone. Different methods may be used within the United States and in other nations. What are the elements of a brief. Highlighting is a personal tool, and therefore should be used to the extent that highlighting helps, but should be modified in a way that makes it personally time efficient and beneficial.
Predictive legal analysis[ edit ] The legal memorandum is the most common type of predictive legal analysis; it may include the client letter or legal opinion. You may prefer to underline the relevant text with a pencil, but to use a highlighter to bracket off the different sections of a case.
By their very nature briefs cannot cover everything in a case. Highlighting takes advantage of colors to provide a uniquely effective method for reviewing and referencing a case.
For example, general consensus of opinion is doubly redundant: This section will describe the parts of a brief in order to give you an idea about what a brief is, what is helpful to include in a brief, and what purpose it serves.
Statements consisting only of original research should be removed.
A one-sentence description of the nature of the case, to serve as an introduction. You'll still find some slips and rough patches—and you'll be glad you did.
These same pointers hold true. In addition to making it easier to review an original case, annotating cases during the first review of a case makes the briefing process easier. Even with a thorough, well-constructed brief you may want to reference the original case in order to reread dicta that might not have seemed important at the time, to review the complete procedural history or set of facts, or to scour the rationale for a better understanding of the case; annotating makes these tasks easier.
Rather, lawyers should only draft for the known, possible, reasonably expected contingencies. Make a note of how each justice voted and how they lined up. Legal writing faces a trade off in attempting to cover all possible contingencies while remaining reasonably brief. Writing and analysis in the law Rev.
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