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A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting 5th ed

ISBN13: 9781639052516
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781634259644
Published: February 2023
Publisher: American Bar Association
Country of Publication: United States
Format: Hardback
Price: £136.00

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With A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, Kenneth A. Adams has created a uniquely in-depth survey of the building blocks of contract language. First published in 2004, it offers those who draft, review, negotiate, or interpret contracts an alternative to the dysfunction of traditional contract language and the inertia and flawed conventional wisdome that perpetuate it. This manual has become a vital resource throughout the legal profession, in the United States and internationally.

This fifth edition contains more than 70 pages of new materials addressing many topics, making it even more authoritative and essential. The rest of the text reflects many adjustments. This manual's focus remains how to express contract terms in prose that is free of the archaisms, redundancies, ambiguities, and other problems that afflict traditional contract language. With exceptional analysis and an unmatched level of practical detail, Ken highlights common sources of confusion and recommends clearer and more concise alternatives. This manual is organized to facilitate easy reference, and it illustrates its analysis with numerous examples. Consult it to save time in drafting and negotiation and to reduce the risk of dispute.

Contract Law, Other Jurisdictions , Drafting and Legal Writing, USA
1. The Characteristics of Optimal Contract Language
2. The Front of the Contract
3. Categories of Contract Language
4. Layout
5. The Back of the Contract
6. Defined Terms
7. Sources of Uncertain Meaning in Contract Language
8. Reasonable Efforts and Its Variants
9. Material and Material Adverse Change
10. References to Time
11. Ambiguity of the Part Versus the Whole
12. Syntactic Ambiguity
13. Selected Usages
14. Numbers and Formulas
15. Internal Rules of Interpretation
16. Typography
17. Drafting as Writing
18. Amendments
19. Letter Agreements