Avoid stuffy, academic language. Use familiar, concrete words instead. Here are some plain English alternatives to some common stuffy phrases.
|In all likelihood||likely, probably|
|Let me offer an explanation of the cause.||Let me explain why.|
|statement for professional services||bill|
|Enclosed please find. . . .||I have enclosed . . . .|
|Pursuant to our conversation . . . .||As we discussed . . . .|
|Per your request . . . .||As you asked . . . .|
|I am of the mind that . . . .||EEEEEEK! (There is no cure – just delete it.)|
|Of particular import to this issue . . . .||In particular,|
|He was aware that . . . .||He knew that . . . .|
|He shall have the ability to . . . .||He can . . . .|
So how stuffy are your words?
P.S. My book, The Lawyer’s Essential Guide to Writing: Proven Tools and Techniques has hardly any stuffy words.