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Identify and eliminate common sources of ambiguity in legal documents with concise, clear, practical techniques


Five Semantic Improvements

  • Prefer plain language
  • Avoid imprecise words and legalese in legal drafting
  • Identify phrasing traps.
  • Use words consistently
  • Avoid ambiguity caused by ineffective defined terms.


Six Syntactic Improvements

  • Shorten average sentence length
  • Eliminate clutter and redundant language
  • Use stronger verb forms
  • Improve clarity by improving the arrangement of the information in a sentence
  • Draft in parallel structure
  • Avoid ambiguity in mathematical formulas


Three methods of Preventing Contextual Ambiguity — Learn How to:

  • Improve organization
  • Integrate inserts
  • Maintain consistency among related documents


Other drafting considerations:

  • How to edit strategically
  • Common canons of construction
  • Recent developments on drafting indemnification provisions
  • Ethical responsibilities with meta data


Ethics information has been integrated throughout this program. To receive 1 hour of ethics credit, you must attend the entire course. 



Course Materials

One copy of the course materials is included in your registration. These materials are not available for separate purchase.



Product Information
Date Presented:
December 15, 2015 9:00 AM Eastern
7 hours, 15 minutes
Registration Fee:
Secrets of Bulletproof Contract Drafting (Philadelphia, Simulcasts) - Part 1
Speaker Information
LennĂ© E. Espenschied, Esq.   [ view bio ]
Secrets of Bulletproof Contract Drafting (Philadelphia, Simulcasts) - Part 2
Secrets of Bulletproof Contract Drafting (Philadelphia, Simulcasts) - Part 3
Secrets of Bulletproof Contract Drafting (Philadelphia, Simulcasts) - Part 4
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Pennsylvania CLE
Substantive Credits: 5.00
Ethics Credits: 1.00
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  • Attend In-Person
    • The CLE Conference Center Wanamaker Bldg., 10th FL, Ste. 1010 Juniper Street Entrance Philadelphia PA 19107
  • Simulcast
    • Clinton County Cooperative Extension Resource and Education Center 47 Cooperation Lane Mill Hall PA 17751
    • Montgomery Bar Association 100 W. Airy Street Norristown PA 19404
    • PBI Conference Center 5080 Ritter Road Mechanicsburg PA 17055
    • Warren Library Association 205 Market Street Beckley Lab Warren PA 16365
    • Westmoreland I.U. 7 102 Equity Dr. Greensburg PA 15601
    • York College of Pennsylvania Grantley Hall, Lower Level York PA 17405
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