A Nifty Feature of ContractExpress

So far, ContractExpress—the software that powers Koncision’s confidentiality-agreement template—has been able to handle everything I’ve thrown at it. Last week I learned of yet another feature that I expect I’ll need down the road.

If your organization uses a number of different contract templates, it’s likely that those templates share common language—at a minimum, some or all of the “miscellanous” provisions, such as notices provisions and dispute-resolutions provisions.

If you adjust that common language, normally you’d have to adjust it in each of your templates, whether you’re still in a copy-and-paste world or have automated your templates.

But ContractExpress allows you to omit the shared language from your templates. Instead, you’d include in your ContractExpress markup a notation telling ContractExpress to look to another template for that language. That allows you to keep all the shared language in one template, and any changes you make to that template will automatically be reflected in all other templates that reference that template.

As a result, you can make changes to shared language more quickly, and without the sort of mistakes that happen when you make the same changes to different documents.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.