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A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, Third Edition

Publication Year: 2013   Publication Type: Book


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 practical detail, Adams highlights common sources of confusion and recommends clearer and more concise alternatives. This manual is organized to facilitate easy reference, and it illustrates its analysis with numerous examples. Consult it to save time in drafting and negotiation and to reduce the risk of dispute.

This manual should be of use to readers in every contract ecosystem:

  • a solo or small-firm general practitioner handling a broad range of contracts, from leases to separation agreements
  • a contract-management professional responsible for negotiating contracts with customers
  • a big-law associate drafting mergers-and acquisitions contracts
  • an in-house lawyer overhauling the company''s template sales contracts
  • a paralegal reviewing confidentiality agreements a company is asked to sign
  • a judge trying to make sense of a confusing contract provision.

Kenneth A. Adams

Table of Contents:

 Title page
 List of Tables
 List of Sample
 List of Figures
 Chapter 1
 Chapter 2
 Chapter 3
 Chapter 4
 Chapter 5
 Chapter 6
 Chapter 7
 Chapter 8
 Chapter 9
 Chapter 10
 Chapter 11
 Chapter 12
 Chapter 13
 Chapter 14
 Chapter 15
 Chapter 16
 Chapter 17
 Chapter 18
 Chapter 19
 Chapter 20
 Appendix 1
 Appendix 1-A-Before
 Appendix 1-B-Before,Annotated
 Appendix 1-C-After
 Appendix 2
 Certain Works Cited
 Cases Cited
 About the Author