Plain Language For Lawyers

Author: Michele M. Asprey
Editor: Federation Press
ISBN: 9781862874640
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Seven years have passed since the publication of the 2nd edition of Plain Language for Lawyers. In that time plain language has taken off in leaps and bounds. Michele M Asprey has comprehensively revised and updated Plain Language for Lawyers for this 3rd edition. The book now covers the significant developments in plain language and the law since 1996. There are 2 new chapters, one on writing email and writing for the internet, and the other on designing documents intended to be read on the computer screen. Chapter 3 (Why plain language?) has been expanded and divided into 2 chapters: Chapter 3 - Why plain language? And Chapter 4 - Plain language around the world, reflecting the many developments in plain language on the international scene

Plain Language For Lawyers

Author: Michele M. Asprey
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ISBN: 9781862877757
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Professor Kimble names Michele Asprey's book Plain Language for Lawyers as one of the top publications in the history of plain language.In Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please - The Case for Plain Language in Business, Government, and Law - Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina, Professor Kimble lists Michele Asprey's book as number 7 on his list of the top publications - quite an accolade. It appears alongside David Mellinkoff's book The Language of the Law (from 1963), Richard Wydick's book Plain English for Lawyers (from 1979), Rudloph Flesch's work, and Ernest Gowers's The Complete Plain Words, among others.The idea that lawyers can - and should - write in plain language is not new. There have always been plain language lawyers. There just aren't enough of them.The plain language movement in Australia has been with us for decades. Plain language has been taught in law schools in Australia for almost 20 years. But still too many lawyers don't write in language that clients, and other readers, can understand.Plain Language for Lawyers can help. Over the 18 years it has been in print and it has established itself in Australia and overseas as a comprehensive, entertaining and enormously useful text. It includes international references, contains practical advice, and can be read and enjoyed by anyone who is interested in plain language in the law.The 4th edition has been completely revised and updated.All cases, legislation and text references have been updated to 2009Recent international developments in plain language are includedChapter 12, on the principles of legal interpretation, has been completely rewritten to cover the latest case lawChapter 13, the plain language vocabulary, has been extendedChapter 14, on email and the internet, has been updated, and includes the latest on defamation lawChapter 15 and 16, which cover document design for both print and the computer screen, have both been revised to include the latest research findings on typography, and the way we read and comprehend on-line materialThe global financial crisis has shown how complex legal and financial documents can conceal dangers for readers who don't understand the legal risks of modern financial products. Now, more than ever, it is time for Plain Language for Lawyers.An expanded version of Chapter 4 - Plain Language Around the World is available in electronic format, for purchase as a stand-alone 100 page work. Contact us to purchase a digital version of this chapter.

Plain Language For Lawyers

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Editor: Federation Press
ISBN: 9781862877863
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A comprehensive, entertaining and enormously useful text. It includes international references, contains practical advice, and can be read and enjoyed by anyone who is interested in plain language in the law.

Lifting The Fog Of Legalese

Author: Joseph Kimble
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"Professor Joseph Kimble, a leading expert on plain language, has collected in this one book many of his published essays. They will interest and inform judges, lawyers, law students, legal scholars, and anyone else who engages in legal writing."--BOOK JACKET.

How To Write Plain English

Author: Rudolf Franz Flesch
Editor: Harpercollins
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Tackling the obfuscation inherent in legal language, Flesch isolates the elements in legal writing that make most documents beyond the layman's comprehension and offers remedies for each obstacle to easy reading and understanding

Plain Language And Ethical Action

Author: Russell Willerton
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317752090
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Plain Language and Ethical Action examines and evaluates principles and practices of plain language that technical content producers can apply to meet their audiences’ needs in an ethical way. Applying the BUROC framework (Bureaucratic, Unfamiliar, Rights-Oriented, and Critical) to identify situations in which audiences will benefit from plain language, this work offers in-depth profiles show how six organizations produce effective plain-language content. The profiles show plain-language projects done by organizations ranging from grassroots volunteers on a shoe-string budget, to small nonprofits, to consultants completing significant federal contacts. End-of-chapter questions and exercises provide tools for students and practitioners to reflect on and apply insights from the book. Reflecting global commitments to plain language, this volume includes a case study of a European group based in Sweden along with results from interviews with plain-language experts around the world, including Canada, England, South Africa. Portugal, Australia, and New Zealand. This work is intended for use in courses in information design, technical and professional communication, health communication, and other areas producing plain language communication. It is also a crucial resource for practitioners developing plain-language technical content and content strategists in a variety of fields, including health literacy, technical communication, and information design.

Letters For Lawyers

Author: Garry Barnsley
Editor: Federation Press
ISBN: 9781862873339
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Book + CD available as a package or individuallyEvery letter that you write creates a permanent record of the information it contains. Accordingly, it is important to ensure that it accurately reflects your ideas and communicates in a way that satisfies the needs of your reader. Letters also convey an image of the writer and of his or her competence and professionalism. Clearly, it is in your interest to use your letters to create a positive impression.de Groot and Maxwell, Legal Letter Writing, 1994Here's to plain language and clear understanding.Kaspar Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet) to Sam Slade (Humphrey Bogart), proposing a toast, in The Maltese Falcon.Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.Sir Winston ChurchillBroadcast address, 9 February 1941Words are a lawyer's tools of trade. Precedents are the templates used to leverage the lawyer's skills and letters are the basic tools of legal practice. Yet often we put much more effort and sophistication into our computerised delivery systems than into our precedents. It takes time and skill to write letters that are concise and plain but also comprehensive and it is hard to find time to keep your letters up-to-date.This book of letters will test the legal profession's interest in practical tools to do the job by offering templates for that deceptively commonplace legal task called conveyancing.The letters are written by a lawyer keen on plain language and have been refined over 30 years of daily application. They can save you time, make you money and let you sleep more soundly at night by providing you and your staff with inbuilt checklists. They can help you build your reputation with your clients for thoroughness and clarity, while evincing and adding to the value of your services.

Plain Language Pleadings

Author: Carol Ann Wilson
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"Legal writing is a mess," says the author, and quotes from the leaders of the plain language for lawyers movement. From her "Funeral for Legalese" through her "Editing Checklist," Carol Ann Wilson convinces her readers that lawyers should rid their writing of legalese and that lawyers' assistants can help. "The LA who can draft pleadings is valuable to the lawyer and to the legal profession." And those pleadings should be "concise, powerful, and communicative."

Oxford Guide To Plain English

Author: Martin Cutts
Editor: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191649120
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Plain English is the art of writing clearly, concisely, and in a way that precisely communicates your message to your intended audience. This book offers 25 practical guidelines helping you to improve your vocabulary, style, grammar, and layout to achieve clear writing. It gives expert advice on all aspects of the writing process: from avoiding jargon and legalese, to organizing written information in print and online. It also shows you how it's done with hundreds of real examples, including 'before' and 'after' versions. All this is presented in an authoritative and engaging way. Completely revised and updated, this essential reference work is now even more useful: the word lists have been expanded; a new list of clichéd and troublesome words to avoid has been added; and examples of real-life stories have been replaced with more recent ones. An improved design gives the book a fresh feel.

Lawyers Language

Author: Alfred Phillips
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1135788367
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An interesting examination of law as language use or discourse, this study looks at the transformation of ordinary language into a special discourse for the purposes of the legal system. It is widely accepted that legal discourse is obscure, and often the public resent the fact that access to the law of the land is obstructed by the opaqueness of legal language. This book argues that the development and maintenance of law's special language can be justified. The myth that law can be written in either plain' or ordinary' language is exploded, and the linguistic obscurity of law is traced to its necessary complexity. The notion of representation is applied to the relation that exists between legal language and ordinary language.