Now that you have spent your three years of law school learning a foreign language, the suggestion that you write in plain English may hit hard. Why plain English? What about all those expensive new words? The fancy legalese? The scholarly Latin?
Our clients speak plain English and you should too. Plain English is clean and transparent so it fosters trust. It’s easily understood so it promotes justice and order. And it shows empathy for our poor readers. If you want your readers to listen to and learn from what you say, you need to use the language they already know. Plain English adds value because it makes legal thought accessible.
Not only that, but your clients will like you for it.
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