Why is this book so needed?

As a former freelance legal secretary/paralegal who worked for more than five hundred lawyers in every field of law between 1976 and 1995, I can recall hundreds of cases where even a little of Stewart Levine’s compassionate common sense would have made a huge difference in people’s lives. Upon reflection, three themes emerge.

Too many contracts are poorly drafted. A single sentence in one contract ran for three pages. Comprised of a dizzying array of “whereases” and “wherefores” that were countered by several “notwithstandings,” the sentence supposedly answered two simple questions: “When does one of the parties have to pay a late fee to another party? How much?”

Most of the contracts I helped type over the ...

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