Impress the judge?
Confuse the opponent?
Or, win the case?
In law, the goal is to win!
Every word, spoken in the courtroom or written on paper filed with the clerk and served on the other side, must aim toward a specific goal. Learn from Jurisdictionary step-by-step.
Any words not aimed at the goal must go!
Most of what I’ve seen from pro se people (and quite a bit from the dozens of lawyers I had to deal with since 1987 when I first started as a licensed attorney) read more like a long-winded story.
Legal writing is NOT “story-telling”!
Every word has a purpose.
Any word that does nothing to achieve the goal (which is winning, by the way) must go.
Say what needs saying and stop!
Aim every word at your goal.
You don’t need a “novelist’s eye” or a “bartender’s ear“, (like Jimmy Buffett.)
You’re assembling the parts of a powerful engine.
Write case-winning paperwork.
Our “How to Win in Court” course shows you how.
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“You seem to have more than the average share of intelligence for a man of your background,” sneered the lawyer at a witness on the stand. “If I wasn’t under oath, I’d return the compliment,” replied the witness.
How do you make a group of lawyers to smile for a photo? Just say, “Fees.”
What do you have when you bury six lawyers up to their necks in sand? Not enough sand.