What terms and phrases do lawyers overuse?
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In lawyer Marcel Strigberger’s latest Your Voice column, he talks about how lawyer language and communication can sometimes be confusing.
“It’s no secret that lawyers are generally perceived as being long-winded, even when we expect straightforward information,” Strigberger writes. “Lawyers also use confusing and excessive terms, including but not limited to a plethora of ‘hereinafters,’ ‘whereases’ and, of course, ‘including-but-not-limited-tos.’”
“Nor do we impress clients with our foreign terms such as ‘voir dire,’ ‘de minimis’ or ‘habeas corpus,’ ” he adds. “Even the terms for lawyers appear a bit ostentatious. ‘Attorney at law’ sounds uppity.”
This week, we’d like to ask: What terms and phrases do lawyers overuse? Are there any that you wish would just disappear from the lawyer lexicon?
Check out last week’s question: What do you wear to work in the summer?
Posted by Michelle Wynn on LinkedIn:
“I live and work in Florida. My practice is a solo law firm, so I get to set my own dress code. Most of the year (except the short period of actual winter), I wear business-casual dresses, much like you would expect to see on a teacher. It makes my clients more at ease to see me wearing something comfortable and not ‘looking like a lawyer’ and allows for better communication between myself and my clients. Whenever I wear a suit or a more formal dress to a client meeting, the clients seem more reticent to talk about issues that are embarrassing or uncomfortable for them. So, by dressing the way I do, I stay more comfortable and have a better rapport with my clients.”
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