Legal Drafting in a Nutshell

Authors: Kuney, George W. / Looper, Donna C.
Edition: 4th
Copyright Date: 2016
  • Publication Date: October 6th, 2016
  • ISBN: 9781634603195
  • Subject: Legal Writing
  • Series: Nutshells
  • Type: Overviews
  • Description: Legal Drafting in a Nutshell, 4th Edition, provides guidance on producing transactional documents, contracts, instruments, legislation, and regulations that solve existing problems and prevent future problems. The book provides both a large scale, macro overview of the drafting process as well as small scale, micro focused discussion of the mechanics of legal documents at the sentence, word, and punctuation level. For this fourth edition, each chapter has been extensively updated to incorporate the current and developing perspectives regarding subjects like plain English, legal typography, and document preparation in the 21st century. This is especially the case in the sections of the text dealing with contracts and instruments, although it is true throughout the text. Legal drafting is as much a thought process as a writing process; clear thinking leads to clear drafting. This book is a guide for clear, structured thinking about drafting in order to provide readers with a structured process to follow when assembling useful legal documents.