Saturday, April 21, 2012

Legal Speak and Legal Jargon

One thing that really annoys me is the language used by lawyers and the legal system when it comes to contracts, terms of service, and documents. You know the kind with all the big unnecessary words and run-on sentences. They might have you believe that it is for legal reasons so it can be interpreted by the law, but I disagree.

I don't see why they can't write these contracts in normal everyday English. It's like a conspiracy put on by those on the legal business to try to keep their craft alive. They write up these contracts in "their language" so they can understand it, but everyday folks cannot, or won't try because it is too difficult to read. So then it forces us to hire a lawyer to look over it to make sure everything is ok before we sign it.

This needs to change. Enough with the legal speak and technical jargon. Lawyers, who are you trying to impress with your big words that no one actually uses? Any contract can be translated to make sense in normal everyday English so why are we still supporting this ridiculous system?

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