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A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting by Kenneth A. Adams

By Kenneth A. Adams

A handbook of favor for agreement Drafting, 3rd Edition is a uniquely in-depth survey of the development blocks of agreement language. First released in 2004, it bargains those that draft, evaluate, negotiate, or interpret contracts a substitute for the disorder of conventional agreement language and the fallacious traditional knowledge that perpetuates it. This handbook has develop into an important source during the felony career, within the U.S. and internationally.

This manual's concentration is still how one can show agreement phrases in prose that's freed from the archaisms, redundancies, ambiguities, and different difficulties that afflict conventional agreement language. With unparalleled research and an unrivaled point of sensible element, Adams highlights universal assets of misunderstanding and recommends clearer and extra concise choices. This guide is geared up to facilitate effortless reference, and it illustrates its research with a number of examples. seek advice it to save lots of time in drafting and negotiation and to minimize the danger of dispute.

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It could instead compile a short style guide of a dozen or more pages, but that wouldn’t come close to covering the territory adequately. This manual is as long as it is for a reason. An alternative would be for an organization to customize and adopt as its own the model “statement of style for contract drafting” included as appendix 2. Such a statement of style would allow an organization to say that it’s accepting this manual’s recommendations regarding contract language and layout, explain why it’s doing so, and highlight some key points.

Second, using the misapplied term can suggest that no other terminology could convey the same meaning. And third, using the misapplied term can suggest that use of the term is by itself sufficient to ensure that the underlying concept applies to the provision in question, regardless of what the provision otherwise says. 16 illustrates the problem with using misapplied terms of art. The verb indemnify conveys a meaning beyond the semantic function it serves in a contract: shall indemnify X simply means will be liable to X for.

Chapter 11 (Ambiguity of the Part Versus the Whole). Significantly expanded by adding a section on the ambiguity that arises when one of a series linked by or is modified by a conditional clause, and by adding a case study. Revised the sections on the effect of adjectives and cumulation of attributes. • Chapter 12 (Syntactic Ambiguity). Significantly expanded by adding a section on closing modifiers with offsetting commas and a section on the serial comma. • Chapter 13 (Selected Usages). Expanded by more than two-thirds (in terms of the number of paragraphs).

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