As a former general counsel and now a small business owner, Anita has been on both sides of the fence when it comes to contracts. According to Anita, here are some things to avoid in your next contract:
- Too much legalese.
- Using adverbs like "whereas" and "heretofore". It’s kind of like using "COMES NOW" for pleadings. Does anyone really talk like that?
- More than 5-7 defined terms.
- Attaching multiple exhibits. I can speak from experience that multiple exhibits is a real pain for the drafter so I can’t imagine what it is like for the reader.
- Making it so hard to understand that it leads to avoidable litigation just because no one can understand it.