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Plain Legal Language + Simplification + Legal Design -> Smart List

Making the law more affordable, accessible and understandable: 1. the use of plain language + 2. layering away complexity (drill down into the details) + 3. aiding interpretation via visual aids =⛳️

Eats, Shoots & Leaves - Lynne Truss

Anxious about the apostrophe? Confused by the comma? Stumped by the semicolon? Join Lynne Truss on a hilarious tour through the rules of punctuation that is

From contract drafting to contract design

This is a library of guidelines, explanations, and examples to inspire and support you in exploring user-friendly approaches to contract simplification and visualization. Here we are dealing not so much with verbal content, there are plenty of good manuals and style guides out there to draft text that insulates the contract against litigation attacks. We focus on providing guidance and inspiration to present contracts so that they work better for their intended purpose and business audience. We want to support you in improving your contracts by helping you view your contracts through their users’ eyes, and organize, communicate, and visualize them so the users can find what they need, understand it, and use it.

Alan Siegel: Let's simplify legal jargon!

Tax forms, credit agreements, healthcare legislation: They're crammed with gobbledygook, says Alan Siegel, and incomprehensibly long. He calls for a simple, sensible redesign -- and plain English -- to make legal paperwork intelligible to the rest of us.

Why It’s Time to Kill Legalese

Plain-language contracts are better for your business — and your customers.

Lawyers should learn from software developers

To advance law, lawyers need to learn software development techniques like modular design, branched version control and managing complexity with abstraction. Technology has transformed most data-based industries, but we haven’t seen much in the way of real innovation in day-to-day legal practice. The overwhelming majority of lawyers still...

Macquarie Dictionary

The Macquarie Dictionary Online is updated annually, making it the most up-to-date Australian dictionary and thesaurus available. Its comprehensive coverage means you'll find the right word every time.

Plain English Foundation

Training people: We run plain English writing training for all workplace professionals. Editing documents: We edit content to be engaging and effective. Our expert editors can: -edit complex material in depth -develop templates, such as for briefing notes -evaluate individual documents, sets of reports or whole websites. Building our community: We champion transparent and ethical public language.

Start here | Checklist Legal

Checklist Legal makes the law clear & easy to understand. Clear legal info saves us all time, drudgery & money. We can make better decisions faster.

595 -> Plain language resources

The Victorian Law Foundation's database of plain language resources is broken up into activities to help you find what you are looking for.

The Elements of Style 4th edition

Every English language writer knows The Elements of Style. The book's mantra, make every word tell, is still on point. This much-loved classic, now in its fourth edition, will forever be the go-to guide when in need of a hint to make a turn of phrase clearer or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice. Free download

Comprehensible agreements with Lawpatch

TL;DR Lawpatch is a collection of open source legal language that makes drafting agreements simple. LawPatch can: shorten technical legal documents to a quarter of the usual length; make technical legal drafting comprehensible to non-lawyers; and create a language that operates across jurisdictions (think jQuery for law).

Law Words -> 30 essays on legal words and phrases

lntroduction [B]oth those who seek and those who provide securities for the performance of commercial obligations ... would save much time and money if in future they...set out their bargain in plain modern English without resorting to ancient forms which were doubtless designed for legal reasons which no longer exist. Trafalgar House Construction (Regions) Ltdv General Surety and Guarantee Co Ltd (Unreported, Court of Appeal, England, 22luly 1994, Saville LJ at p10) Centre for Plain Legal Language 1995 Faculty of Law University of Sydney

Clarity – promoting plain legal language

Clarity is a worldwide network of professionals who are committed to promoting plain legal language. With more than 650 members from 50 countries, Clarity is the largest international plain language organisation.

6/1/98: Bill Clinton's -> Memorandum on Plain English in Government Writing

The Federal Government's writing must be in plain language. By using plain language, we send a clear message about what the Government is doing, what it requires, and what services it offers. Plain language saves the Government and the private sector time, effort, and money.

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