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#7 CLEAR LANGUAGE, CHECK THE GRAMMAR

There is no requirement to have complicated and archaic language running through a contract. It confuses and frustrates people. Language in the contract should where possible be kept simple and clear.

Legalese is still an essential part of contracts. So whilst the language can be confusing, it is helpful to try to understand the concept rather than edit it out. This is because it can still be written in a way which is clear and understandable.

You should also be mindful of drafting basics, such as using definitions carefully. A word which has a capital letter (other than at the start of a sentence) looks like it should be defined. If there is no definition it can make parties wonder what is missing, or if a serious error has occurred. Incorrectly defined words can be costly. After all there have been cases arguing the position of a comma!

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