Many law firms generate enormous amounts of paperwork that’s become difficult to access with COVID-related state-wide lockdowns and self-quarantining. Law firms that already had digital processes in place now have a distinct advantage over those with redundant paper processes.
With these issues in mind, let’s look at why now is the time to become a paperless law firm and some advice on making the transition to digital.Read More
Attorneys and their clients often need to sign court documents, contracts, agreements, and more. But the hassle of printing, signing, and scanning documents wastes time and resources for law firms. Digital signature software (also known as e-signature) lets you sign documents on the computer and authenticate the signer more efficiently and securely than physical signature does.Read More
From the Editor: This is a guest post from a member of the MerusCase family specializing in Personal Injury cases out of Tampa, FL. While we obviously agree wholeheartedly with at least one of his choices (thanks for the nod, Scott), some specifics will vary from firm to firm. Enjoy!Read More
|Legalese is even older than this.|
"When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men’s minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind." -Cicero, Roman politician and lawyer. A major influence on the Latin language.
"By 2100, about half the world’s languages will be lost, say linguists; one dies every 14 days. Don’t bet legalese will be among them." Why is this the case?
Today we're going to take a close look at Legal English, sometimes referred to pejoratively as "legalese". We're going to take a look at what legalese is, the history of it, and why the legal tech industry is working hard to disrupt it.
Legal English is a more formal version of the English language, with different logic and grammar rules from Standard English. Certain words have different meaning in a Legal English context. For example, in Legal English "consideration" refers to something of value that is exchanged between two parties.
|It never hurts to keep it real.|
There are many reasons why lawyers use legalese, among them:
- It conveys the formalness of a situation. There is power in formality.
- The practice of law is rich in tradition. This is is the way things have always done.
- It creates a legal culture, one that separates lawyers from everyone else. How else are lawyers going to identify each other? See also: Shibboleth.
- If people don't know what they're paying for, they're inclined to pay more for it.
- A false sense of security. If you put more words on a document, it means you have all your bases covered right?
Ever since the 70s there has been a movement to abolish legalese from the English language, especially in government agencies and contracts.