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How to a Write Contract Draft to Seal a Good Deal

By Nathan Brown T Subscribe to RSS | March 8th 2012 | Views:

Writing a clear and precise contract is the next step after a deal is struck, whether it is one for internet under Xfinity Deals or a legal issue that has been evasive for years. Putting everything in black and white ensures that there is no disagreement later and another round of legal suits. The drafting of a contract is an attorney’s job, but then a draft is only as good as the information you provide to your attorney. They will ensure that it stands legal scrutiny should any disputes arise on a later day. Therefore make a draft yourself even before you approach your attorney. A draft written by you, for your needs, will give all the ingredients on which your attorney will work and fine tune it before it becomes a legal document. The key is, as you may have expected, in your hands.

When you write the draft remember not to use legalese; leave that to your attorney, it is his job anyway. Write the draft using plain simple English even if that means using several words instead of one. Forget the rules of grammar that you have learnt when you were in the school. Judges and attorney have their own way of interpreting what is correct and appropriate based on their understanding of grammar, and perhaps they have learnt something different that is vastly different from your own. Don’t forget that the rules of grammar are not universal and is a subjective issue. However being consistent with words and what they mean can be helpful to your attorney.

A misplaced punctuation can make a lot of difference to the final outcome of a contract. If you are in doubt let your attorney know about that. Here again the rule is, stick to consistency throughout the draft and if you are in doubt leave the commas and semicolons out lest you put yourself to a commitment you have not intended to. Attorney often depend upon earlier court rulings and precedence and wrangling over the language or its interpretation has little to with grammar as you understand them.

Some words can be really confusing and stand every chance of being misplaced. For example if you are about to make a rent agreement mention the parties as landlord or tenant as the case may be, rather than as the first part or the second part to the contract. There is every possibility of interchanging them when making a draft. That can put you into very embarrassing situation should you get embroiled in a suit. Likewise keep your draft well spaced so they don’t get mixed up.

Before you make the draft keep a pad or a separate sheet of paper and note down all the points you want your attorney to include in the contract to make a perfect deal. Your attorney is not a mind reader, he can only give the best out of the draft you give him or her. If you are making the draft on a computer run the speller checker and make changes. Better still consult a dictionary and go by it. Names of cities and street names should be the same as it appears in municipal documents. Avoid slangs and words that are difficult to understand and you will not appreciated for that either.

Once you have given the document to your attorney and you have received his copy of the draft, run through it with a sharp eye for detail. Get them corrected, read again before it is ready to be signed and stamped. Attorneys can be expensive to hire, so negotiate the fee beforehand. Quality services come at a price and that you shouldn’t forget.

Nathan Brown T - About Author:
Nathan Brown is a freelance writer. Watching TV channels is one of his favorite, especially those that are informative like the one he got from Xfinity Deals recently.

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