January 21, 2018

Word of the Day: usufruct

usufruct (yu-zê-frêkt), n. [fr. Latin usufructus] Roman & civil law. A right to use and enjoy the fruits of another’s property for a period without damaging or diminishing it, although the property might naturally deteriorate over time. Now you know…

Practice Tip #10: Keep it short

On writing, from the Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law, page 25: “Edit yourself.” Really. Do it. If you don’t, someone else will have to edit your work for you, and that’s, well, embarrassing. Further, shorten your sentences. After I write a brief, I go back and re-read it, concentrating solely on matters of style. I read […]

Law Practice Tip #8: Make things easier to understand

“No one will ever complain about your writing making something easier to understand.” That’s how you should try to write, whether its for a partner, a judge, or your client. Simple, clean, articulate, and careful. No one has to read what you write, and it doesn’t take much to distract the reader to something else. […]