10 Suggestions For Drafting Better Real Estate Documents

By William Hof (November 15, 2017, 10:32 AM EST) -- While the primary focus in drafting real estate documents is to ensure that the substance of the document captures the intent of the parties, this should not be the drafter's only focus. For example, details often considered "minor" could affect the substance of the document, frustrating the parties' intent. However, even items that can properly be considered "style" or "formatting" play an important part in the process of drafting, negotiating and implementing real estate documents. Practitioners can — and should — improve the quality of all of their documents by keeping this in mind throughout the drafting process. While there can be no definitive list of do's and don'ts for these style and formatting issues, the 10 simple suggestions below address many of the most commonly occurring style and formatting issues found in commercial real estate documents and serve as useful examples of how careful style and formatting choices can improve the overall quality of a document, thereby improving it efficiency and effectiveness....

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