Grammar Matters: Why Precision Writing Is so Important in Legal Documents

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A dairy company in Maine loses a multi-million-dollar case over a missing comma in the state’s employment legislation that would have otherwise prevented drivers from receiving overtime pay. Rogers loses a million dollar case against Bell over a comma only to have the decision overturned based on comma placement in the French version of their contract.

Your high school English teacher was right: grammar matters! These cases show the incredible importance of using precise and grammatically correct language in the legal documents used in your business. A single comma or a single word can completely change the meaning of a sentence. A change to the meaning of a single sentence can be the difference between the success or failure of your business. With so much potentially on the line, why risk doing it yourself?

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