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What is the goal of legal writing?

Impress the judge?

Confuse the opponent?

Or, win the case?

In law, the goal is to win!

Every word, spoken in the courtroom or written on paper filed with the clerk and served on the other side, must aim toward a specific goal.

Any words NOT aimed at the goal must GO!

Most of what I've seen from pro se people (and quite a bit from the dozens of lawyers I had to deal with since 1986 when I first started as a licensed attorney) read more like a long-winded story.

Legal writing is NOT "story-telling"!

EVERY word has a purpose.

Every word that does nothing to achieve your goal of winning will work against you!

Say what needs to be said and then STOP!

Aim EVERY word at your goal.

You don't need a "novelist's eye" or a "bartender's ear", like Jimmy Buffett.

Think of legal writing as if you are assembling the parts of a powerful engine

that must propel you toward your goal ... WINNING!.

Unnecessary parts get in the way! Get rid of them!

Write smart.

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