Minneapolis Reminder No. 2: Forestalling Objections from Traditionalists

A participant at today’s “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar in Minneapolis mentioned how she includes in her drafts a footnote alerting the reader that it was drafted so as to comply with recommendations contained in A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. She does so with the aim of dissuading people from asking her to restore suboptimal usages of the sort that she has painstakingly weeded out from her contracts.

That was music to my ears, as in this January 2009 blog post on AdamsDrafting I suggested that you do just that, and offered some language. Evidently it wasn’t such a crazy idea. And the more MSCD is accepted throughout the profession, the more sensible such a note becomes.

By the way, if you’re that Minneapolis participant, please get in touch!

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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.

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