John Niman Posted about 2 years ago How can we simplify legal/business language? Thanks for bringing up this point; it's exactly the one that I wanted to make. Some legal writing is confusing because of an over dependency on formalism and a desire to 'sound like a lawyer.' I'm currently in law school, and our writing instructors try to edit out this sort of writing. In general, at least at my school, there's a push to simplify legal writing when possible. Sometimes, however, simplification just isn't possible because lawyers need to be accurate. That sort of complexity is just a result of trying to explain complex transactions, and is likely to get more, rather than less, confusing if the lawyer tries to simplify the language. Well said, Tiffany.