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A must-have for all legal secretaries! Written by a legal secretary with over 25 years of experience in the field of law, this unique, down-to-earth book shows how to avoid worthless, weighty "legalese" and simplify legal language by thinking and writing clearly for more powerful, concise, and effective communication.
The book encourages thinking and communicating, rather than relying totally on forms, showing readers how to produce more powerful and persuasive documents. Stressing the importance of writing with the reader in mind, it helps legal assistants improve their writing, improve their thinking, and improve their product, which will in turn: improve the leal team; impress the client; improve the lawyer's image; increase the lawyer's business; and improve the legal system as a whole.
For legal secretaries, lawyers, and anyone wishing to improve their writing skills.
|Ch. 1||An Argument for Plain Language||1|
|Ch. 2||Advice from Lawyers and Other Legal Authorities||15|
|Ch. 3||Advice from the Government||31|
|Ch. 4||Advice from General Writing Authorities||45|
|Ch. 5||Rules We Must Follow||53|
|Ch. 6||Analysis of a Pleading||69|
|Ch. 7||General Remarks About Pleadings||93|
|Ch. 8||Pleadings and Other Litigation Forms||109|
|Appendix A: A Skit for Your Use||209|
|Appendix B: Editing Checklist||215|