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It’s time we all wrote plain-language contracts

Julie Cockburn

Traditionally, contracts are impenetrable documents unless you have the legal training to decipher them. Using antiquated and overblown terminology, overlong sentences with multiple sub-clauses and 100 words when ten would do, it’s little wonder they leave the average reader baffled.

But there’s no reason why modern contracts shouldn’t be written in plain language that we can all understand, says Shawn Burton, writing for Harvard Business Review.

The concept of using straightforward vocabulary and construction isn’t a new one; the US government has been pushing towards using easily understandable wording for its regulations, official documents and public communications for several decades.

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Source Article: The Case For Plain-Language Contracts
Author(s): Shawn Burton