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Fundamental Concepts in Drafting Contracts: What Most Attorneys Fail to Consider 2014

Released on: Apr. 1, 2014
Running Time: 02:51:26

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[01:27:11] Basic Concepts Vincent R. Martorana ~ Reed Smith LLP
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[01:24:15] More Advanced Concepts Vincent R. Martorana ~ Reed Smith LLP
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The reduction to writing of an agreed-upon understanding among parties can sometimes be viewed as a cursory step in formalizing a business relationship. Yet the manner in which concepts are expressed on a page is often as important as the concepts themselves. Solid contract-drafting skills are therefore essential tools to any professional who deals with transactions or business relationships. Unfortunately, although contract counterparties might have the best of intentions, many contracts - even those drafted by experienced attorneys and those relating to the most prominent of transactions - are plagued with ambiguities, inconsistencies, unintended imprecision, and “bloat” from rhetorical emphasis, rendering them confusing, risky, and potentially very costly. This course is designed to convey fundamental - but often unconsidered - principles to assist both newly admitted and seasoned attorneys with drafting, analyzing, and interpreting contracts. Unlike many other contract-drafting courses, this course focuses on the manner in which concepts are expressed in a contract, rather than the substance of any provision or contract in particular.

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[Total time 02:51:26]

Segments with an asterisk (*) are available only with the purchase of the entire program.

  • Basic Concepts [01:27:11]
    Vincent R. Martorana
  • More Advanced Concepts [01:24:15]
    Vincent R. Martorana

The purchase price of this Web Program includes the following articles from the Course Handbook available online:

  • Fundamental Concepts in Drafting Contracts: What Most Attorneys Fail to Consider
    Vincent R. Martorana
  • Fundamental Concepts in Drafting Contracts: What Most Attorneys Fail to Consider (PowerPoint Slides)
    Vincent R. Martorana

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  • Fundamental Concepts in Drafting Contracts: What Most Attorneys Fail to Consider 2014
    Vincent R. Martorana
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Vincent R. Martorana ~ Reed Smith LLP

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