Single-Sided? Double-Sided?

Today a reader sent me the following question:

Is there a reason why original contracts should be single-sided? Our Legal Department requires this.

I’ve never considered this issue. As time goes by, more people are signing contracts electronically, or just trading signature pages, but presumably paper copies of signed contracts currently still have a big role to play. I welcome your input on one-sided versus two-sided.

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.