GJA Custom Contracts Practice

Over the years, I found that I was being retained to review and revise contracts drafted by other lawyers who started with a "firm" precedent and then proceeded to torture the English language into a written mess of legalese that they purported to call a "contract" or "agreement". 

On the contrary, my legal documents are clear, concise and non-legalese and many of the clients that I have represented over the years still use the precedents, templates and contract language that I created while working on their deals.

The net-net is that the demand for my custom drafting services became significant enough for me to create a separate practice area.

My Drafting Style: Clean, Simple and Plain-English

If you've read any of my publications or my GJA Blog, you are probably familiar with my writing style.

If you haven't read my stuff, then, please take a few minutes and read through my different webpages – randomly – and choose any paragraph on any page.  Any of those paragraphs will give you a sense of my writing style.

Basically, what you see on those pages is what you'll get: a clean and simple approach without (obviously) the literary license taken in my "Op-Ed" type of pieces. 

In short, I believe that less is more when it comes to legal drafting – and it takes a great writer to be concise.

Why is a Clear Legal Document Important?

For one simple reason: you want your deal or contract to be enforced as written and not re-interpreted by a judge. 

There are so many poor contracts out there that will ultimately require a judge to decide what the parties intended in the contract.  And, as most people know, when you get to court, it can go either way.

Now, for the average person, the potential consequences of an ambiguous contract may not mean much but, if you run a business, you should know that a simple comma can make a multi-million-dollar difference.  If you don't believe me, then, just search "million dollar comma cases" (or any similar phrase) on Google and read about these cases.

Creating or Revising Your "Standard Contract" for Your Business

It takes time to draft clear, concise, non-legalese documents – which, in the legal business, means money

If you use a big firm for your legal work and you contact the partner who manages your company's relationship with the firm and ask him or her to create or revise your standard contract, you will be looking at about $600 (or more) per hour.  In short, the cost to create a custom draft is exorbitant.

So, what happens (typically) in this scenario?  The drafting is delegated to an articling student or a junior associate who starts with a firm template or precedent – which may not be suited to your business needs or nuances. 

And, just like a business suit, there is a huge difference between a bespoke contract and an off-the-rack one.

The quality and price that I can offer to custom draft or revise your contract cannot be matched because of my drafting skills and my low overhead.

In any event, if you need to create a custom contract (or your standard contracting documents need to be revised or updated), then, just Contact Me for a no-obligation quote. 

George J. Atis
Lawyer - Counsellor - Advocate