Down With Unwieldy Contract Titles!

Yesterday I encountered a contract that had this title:

LICENSE, SUPPLY, MARKETING, AND DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

I find such titles annoying. Imagine having to say, for example, “Did you receive the revised license, supply, marketing, and distribution agreement”? Inevitably you’d end up calling it something else. So give it a different title.

You could give it a broader conceptual title. I don’t know, perhaps DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT.

Or you could simply use the nickname that you would have otherwise used.

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.