In Contracts, Everything Looks Like a Need for Expertise

“Confirmation bias” is a term for the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirming your existing beliefs or theories. The notion is expressed in the old saw that if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

My hammer is that it’s important to get right what you say in a contract and how you say it, and that expertise is required to do so. And I see a lot of nails that could do with being hammered. Am I in the throes of confirmation bias?

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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.

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