Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Shall, must, might: get me a dictionary and an aspirin!

Here is a thought-provoking piece by Kenneth Adams on the use of the word "shall" in legal drafting. I agree with one main point: "shall" is overused and misused frequently in the documents we lawyers write. Personally I like the word "will," but Adams finds fault with that too.

While I am not sure I agree with absolutely everything he says, I shall/will/must/might/should take much of what he does say into account when drafting.

1 comments:

Starving Trial Lawyer said...

Don't fret too much, courts are always ruling shall means may and may means shall.

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