More “These Presents” Shenanigans

Get a load of the following:

10.16 Intervention by Parent. Now unto these presents comes Dynacq Healthcare, Inc., a Nevada corporation, which represents that it owns all of the membership interests of Seller.

“Now unto these presents”! It sounds like Shakespeare! “Now is the winter of our discontent …”

And how about this:


To Whom These Presents Come, Greeting:

I, TODD ROKITA, Secretary of State of Indiana, do hereby certify that I am, byvirtue of the laws of the State of Indiana, the custodian of the corporaterecords and the proper official to execute this certificate.

“To Whom These Presents Come, Greeting”! That sounds like something Klaatu would say. (Thanks to reader AWB for letting me know that such freakishness exists.)

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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.