Best Practices for Clear Contract Drafting
Course Demo. No credit provided in demo mode.
Faculty: Carolyn Seymour -
Contracts are essential elements for building business relationships. For business to get done, parties to a transaction need to agree on certain essential terms that govern their business relationship. Contracts are the way parties to an agreement define those terms and make promises enforceable under the law. When the stakes are high there can be a tendency to get too technical and too verbose. This can often introduce more mistakes rather than prevent them. Ambiguity in contracts will often lead to conflict and ultimately litigation.
This course discusses how to avoid ambiguity by following best practices for clear contract drafting. Ms. Carolyn Seymour discusses how to achieve brevity and clarity in order to make the contract as end-user friendly as possible and remove uncertainty in the document. Ms. Seymour will address best practices to avoid legalese, how to recognize and correct linguistic ambiguity and provide proper techniques to draft dates and numbers in contracts. The course will also examine the pitfalls of passive voice in contract drafting and how to achieve simplicity in drafting through good organization, eliminating wordiness, and the use of lists.