Ten Tips for Writing Clear Contracts

Author: Laura Genovich
Published: 23.02.2022
Contracts are meant to be read – and that means they must be readable. Parties who understand their contracts are more likely to comply with them, and clearly written contracts are less likely to be challenged in court. Clients, judges, and even other lawyers prefer reading documents drafted in plain language. Here are 10 tips for writing clear contracts: 1. Use short sentences. Lawyers sometimes assume that complicated agreements require long, multipart sentences. But they don’t. I recently reviewed a contract provision with three sentences that totaled 295 words. This is painful for the reader and can lead to ambiguities.…