2. Plain Language Vocabulary

Here is an assorted list of problem words and phrases. I suggest you substitute those in the left column with the ones in the right

Bad 

Good 

Accordingly 

So, therefore 

Afforded 

Given 

Aforesaid 

Omit 

All and singular 

All 

And/or 

And, or, either …… or, both 

As a result of 

Because of 

At this point in time 

Now 

Bring an action against 

Sue 

By virtue of 

Because of, under 

Consequently 

So 

Contained in 

In 

Covenant and agree 

Agree 

The day and year first hereinabove written 

State the date 

Devise 

Give 

Enclosed please find 

We enclose 

Endeavour 

Try 

Estop 

Stop 

Et al 

And the others, the rest 

Expeditiously 

Quickly, state a time limit 

Fails to 

Does not 

For and on behalf of 

For

Fortwith

 Immediately, now, state a time limit 

From time to time 

Omit 

Furnish 

Give 

He/She/It/They 

They (as singular and plural) 

Give consideration to 

Consider 

Grant 

Give 

Henceforth 

From now on 

Hereby, hereinafter called, hereunto, howsoever 

Omit 

Implement 

Carry out, fulfill 

In respect of 

About, for, as to 

Instrument 

Document 

In the event of 

If 

Last will and testament 

Will 

Make an application 

Apply 

Make payment 

Pay 

Means and includes 

Means, includes 

Nothing in this clause 

This clause does not 

Not less than 

At least 

Not more than 

At most 

Notwithstanding 

Even if 

Now therefore this agreement witnesseth 

Omit 

Null void and of no effect 

Of no effect 

Party of the first part/Party of the other part 

Use client names 

Prior to 

Before 

Provided that 

But, if 

Pursuant to 

Under, according to 

Request 

Ask 

Shall (future) 

Will 

Shall (imperative) 

Must 

Subsequent to 

After 

Terms and conditions 

Terms 

Until such time as 

Until 

Whatsoever, wheresoever, whosoever 

Omit 

With the result that 

So that 

Jettison words and phrases on the left and use those on the right.

Bad

Good

Ab initio

From the start

Amicus curiae

Friend of the court

A priori

From assumed principles

Bona fide

Good faith, genuine, honest

Chattels

Goods

Et al

And the others, the rest

Et seq

And those following

In personam

Personal, personally

Inter alia

Among other things

Inter se

Among themselves

Mens rea

State of mind

Mutatis mutandis

With necessary changes

Obiter dictum

Part of the judgment not essential to case decision

Prima facie

At first glance

Res ipsa loquitor

It speaks for itself

Sui generic

The only one of its kind

Sui juris

Of full legal capacity

To wit

Namely

Uberrimae fide

Utmost good faith

Do not use several words when some will do (Robert Dick describes this as killing one bird with three stones, Legal Drafting in Plain Language, 1995)

Bad

Good

Alienate transfer and convey

Transfer

Due and payable

Due

Each and every

Every

Fit and proper

Proper

Free and clear

Free

From and after

From

Give devise and bequeath

Give

Goods and chattels

Goods

Have and hold

Have

Had and received

Received

Indemnify and hold harmless

Indemnify

Keep and maintain

Maintain

Null void and of no effect

Of no effect

Rest residue and remainder

Rest, balance

Remise release and quitclaim

Release

Save and except

Except

Will and testament

Will


Source: http://www.llrx.com/features/plainlanguage.htm#Plain%20Language%20Vocabulary

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