Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Guidance on converting to plain English

I got started with my little "convert to plain English" obsession several years ago, and I began re-writing almost any legal text I came across: credit card agreements, website disclaimers, government notices, waivers of liability, and more.

I've also been lucky enough to get some paid, hands-on experience, as I mentioned in yesterday's post.

If you're interested in doing this kind of work yourself, here are the two most helpful books you can read. Both are out of print, but both are available used from

How to Write Plain English: A Book for Lawyers and Consumers
by Rudolf Flesch

Writing Contracts in Plain English
by Carl Felsenfeld & Alan Siegel

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