Ann Taylor Schwing

Ann Taylor Schwing

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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How To Shorten Your Documents

At least in the initial drafts, efforts to keep a document concise may stifle the flow of written words. If this is true, then let the words come freely and deal with wordiness later. Once the desired content is captured, a...more

4/16/2014 - Contract Drafting Pleadings

Why You Should Vary Sentence Length

Attorneys often write exhaustive and exhausting sentences. Attorneys may not be the worst offenders, as Wikipedia cites Jonathan Coe’s 2001 novel The Rotters’ Club as containing a 13,955-word sentence. In Stanard v. Nygren,...more

2/24/2014

Use Space in Documents

Legal documents contain many words, often too many, but that’s not all. Legal documents contain open space or white space between the captions and the text, as well as above, below and on the sides of block quotes, lists and...more

2/24/2014

How To Order Your Arguments

As a very general rule, arguments in a brief should appear in order of descending power or importance. A judge may stop reading on reaching a clearly winning argument or on deciding that the opening briefing is so weak as not...more

11/26/2013 - Appellate Briefs Jurisdiction Legal Writing Statute of Limitations

Eight Tips for Successful Proofing

Careful proofing is as important as excellent writing. Errors and omissions slip into briefs so easily, especially if several people are working on it. There are many good tips for proofing, all best employed a day or more...more

11/15/2013 - Legal Writing

Researching Uncodified Law for Appellate Briefs

If things did not go so well in the trial court, an attorney may want to return to the books for more research for the appellate briefing. In cases involving statutory issues, there may be relevant law that has not been...more

11/6/2013 - Appellate Briefs

What to Do When You Think You Are Done with Your Appellate Brief

Consider whether you are really done. Have you answered the question(s) that were asked? All the questions? Are all the factual and procedural statements supported by citations to the exhibits? Are there any omitted...more

11/4/2013 - Appellate Briefs

How to Make the Best Difficult Decisions in Uncertainty

I. Perpetual Calendar—Make Sure You Have Time for Reasoned Decisions - Stop trying to remember so much, reduce your stress, and avoid the risk of missing an important date. Every item that you can record onto a...more

10/7/2013 - Business Development Form 990 Logos Trade Names Trademarks Trusts

Some Practical Risk Management Steps for Any Land Trust

I. Perpetual Calendar—Make Sure You Have Time for Reasoned Decisions—Stop trying to remember so much, reduce your stress, and avoid the risk of missing an important date. Every item that you can record onto a perpetual...more

10/7/2013 - Estate Planning Estate Tax Form 990 FUTA Trusts

Electronic Communications and Open Meeting Laws

Many aspects of the revolution in electronic communications fall into the proverb: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Electronic communications may be faster and may make it easier for multiple individuals...more

10/7/2013 - Compliance Electronic Communications Enforcement Open Meetings Act

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