6 Types Of Legal 'Mumbo-Jumbo' Attorneys Must Avoid

Law360, New York (January 20, 2016, 6:01 PM EST) -- What is “plain” English?

For many years there has been a push, especially by consumer organizations, to require legal documents to be written in “plain English.” The revolutionary concept behind this campaign is to permit ordinary people to understand legal documents.

But what is “plain English”? It may be difficult to articulate what “plain English” is, but it resembles Potter Stewart’s characterization of pornography — “I know it when I see it.” Perhaps the easiest way of characterizing “plain English” is in the negative: it is not typical legal writing.

Plain English advocates seek, in one respect, to substitute simple pronouns...

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