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Respect and persuade your reader

Write in a way that respects your reader. Do not tell your reader how to think or feel. Respect the perspective that they bring to using your legal form.

Avoid using 'please'

Omit the word "please" when asking for information. For example, use "Describe" instead of "Please describe".

Use "need" not "want" when referring to the protections or relief the plaintiff requests

When someone goes to court it's because they need something, not want it. Using the word "want" can be dismissive of the plaintiff's goals and objectives.

Avoid adverbs, especially intensifiers, where possible (e.g. 'very')

Intensifiers weaken instead of strengthen our arguments. Use facts to persuade instead.

See Replace and specify intensifiers