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A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, Third Edition

Publication Year: 2013
Price: $99.95 to subscribe , $99.95 to renew (Term: 365 Days)
Author: Kenneth A. Adams


With A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, Kenneth A. Adams has created a uniquely in-depth survey of the building blocks of contract language. First published in 2004, it offers those who draft, review, negotiate, or interpret contracts an alternative to the dysfunction of traditional contract language and the flawed conventional wisdom that perpetuates it. This manual has become a vital resource throughout the legal profession, in the U.S. and internationally. This is the third edition of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. One-third longer than the second edition (published in 2008) and in a larger format, it contains much new material and has otherwise been revised and supplemented, making it even more essential. This manual's focus remains how to express contract terms in prose that is free of the archaisms, redundancies, ambiguities, and other problems that afflict traditional contract language. With exceptional analysis and an unmatched level of more...

Auditor's Letter Handbook, Second Edition

Publication Year: 2013
Price: $54.95 to subscribe , $54.95 to renew (Term: 365 Days)


The Second Edition of this best-selling ABA guide contains the original 1975 Statement of Policy Regarding Lawyers' Responses to Auditors' Requests for Information. Much has changed since the American Bar Association Statement of Policy Regarding Lawyers' Responses to Auditors' Requests for Information (the ABA Statement") and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA") related Statement of Auditing Standards No. 12 (SAS 12") were approved in December 1975 and January 1976, respectively. There has been an increased emphasis on the quality of loss contingency disclosure, an expansion of private litigation and SEC enforcement actions against accountants and other professionals, and a new regulatory regime for the accounting profession established by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Despite these changes, the ABA Statement has stood the test of time and shown its flexibility to adapt to meet changing circumstances. Another development since the ABA Statement was approved has been the increasing relevance more...

Word Origins for Lawyers

Publication Year: 2012
Price: $59.95 to subscribe , $59.95 to renew (Term: 365 Days)


Words are the building blocks of the law, and the tools of the lawyer. To master words one must know them well, and to know them one should know where they come from. By knowing the origins of words used in law, a lawyer will know the law better and will know how to argue better. This unique book features a profuse collection of legal words and phrases, or words that are commonly used in legal work. The etymologies first focus on the meaning of the entry in the legal context, then provide the "roots" of the word focusing on ideas that a lawyer would find particularly helpful or enlightening. There has always been is a strong appeal to form arguments based on origins. It is common for lawyers in many situations to use a word's origin as a starting point, or even the coup-de-grace, in an argument. For the more...

Writing Shorter Legal Documents

Publication Year: 2011
Price: $59.95 to subscribe , $59.95 to renew (Term: 365 Days)


In a legal document, in accordance with federal, state, and local court rules, every letter and space is important. Writing Shorter Legal Documents is a concise, practical handbook that explains how to quickly, efficiently reduce the length of your legal documents. It's a collection of advice written to keep you within grammatical and court rules, for both length and construction, while preserving and even clarifying your argument. The author, a lawyer with a Ph.D in linguistics, has divided 35 precise strategies into five chapters:

  • An Approach to Shorten Legal Documents
  • Revising Terminology
  • Revising Lists, Phrases, and Sentences
  • Changing the Appearance of Text on the Page
  • Cutting Content

When you're on a deadline with the court and are over the maximum word count in your document, this book provides the fast, easy editing tricks you'll need.