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Clear, concise English for effective legal writing

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Atty. Galacio

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For free resources in English grammar, pronunciation, reading comprehension, public speaking, etc. please surf to

For free resources in clear, concise English for effective legal writing, please surf to Topics include:

1. Introduction (what is good legal writing?)at
2. Free resources in grammar
3. Classic advice on good writing
4. Warren Buffett’s advice on good writing at
5. Avoid legalese at
6. Free resources from the Michigan Bar Journal at
7. Legal writing and oral advocacy at
8. Use short sentences at
9. How to write clear, concise, and direct sentences
10. Revising wordy sentences using the Paramedic Method
11. Use the active voice, minimize the passive
12. Use simple, clear sentence structures
13. Asian Development Bank’s Clear Writing guidelines at
14. Use gender-free language
15. OECD’s Principles of Style
16. Avoid using and/or
17. Avoid nominalization or hidden verbs
18. Avoid dummy subjects and unnecessary preambles
19. “Legal Writing in Plain English” by Bryan A. Garner at
20. Plain Language guidelines from government regulatory offices (US, Australia, New Zealand, British Columbia, Malaysia, Hong Kong) at

Last edited by Atty. Galacio on Mon May 19, 2014 7:47 am; edited 2 times in total

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tsi ming choi

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Thanks for this atty., ill bookmark this.

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Arresto Menor
salamat po

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