Legal drafting

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Little, Brown, 1994 - Law - 379 pages
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This dynamic paperback text presents a highly effective, classroom-tested process for legal drafting. Prepared with this practical strategy, your students will move beyond merely filling in the blanks to create the customized documents clients need, and adapt preexisting forms to new uses. Divided into two parts, The text first introduces the process approach to legal drafting before applying that approach to particular types of documents. This two-part organization easily adapts to your specific course needs and gives you great flexibility in choosing and combining chapters. The book's seven chapters cover an introduction to legal drafting, The process of legal drafting, careful writing, and drafting estate planning, contracts, pleadings, and legislation. In addition, numerous examples, illustrations, and exercises in every chapter reinforce the skills your students need to draft provisions from scratch, edit existing provisions, and create entirely new documents. Each substantive chapter concludes with a document, annotated with editorial comments that illustrates the drafting process.

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Contents

Chapter One An Introduction to Legal Drafting
3
Previously Learned Skills Required for Drafting
9
Chapter Two The Process of Legal Drafting
23
Exercise 21 27
57
Sample Document Will of Michael Porter
59
Chapter Three Write Carefully
65
Be Concise
119
Exercise 39
125
Exercise 53
222
Write Carefully
232
Test the Contract for Consequences
250
Chapter Six Drafting Pleadings
279
The Draf ting Process for Complaints
291
E Other Pleadings
311
Sample Document Answer
312
Chapter Seven Drafting Legislation
321

Chapter Four Drafting Estate Planning
133
Chapter Five Drafting Contracts
203
Index
375
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