Monday, June 27, 2005

Simplifying legal language--an example

Here is the original:

The materials on this Web site are made available by Law Firm for informational purposes only and are not legal advice. The transmission and receipt of information contained on the Web site do not form or constitute an attorney-client relationship. Persons receiving the information on this Web site should not act upon the information without seeking professional legal counsel.

Flesch readability score = 29 (difficult); grade level = 12.

I've seen a lot worse. But try this:

Law Firm runs this Web site for information only. What you read here is not legal advice. You cannot form an attorney-client relationship with us by visiting this Web site or by reading the information here. Don't act on what you read here without talking to a lawyer.

Flesch readability score = 64 (easy); grade level = 7.

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