Law Practice Tip #335
December 1, 2014

Make your legal opinions more client-helpful by giving your answer at the beginning

When writing an opinion, don't keep your clients in suspense by making them read all the underlying law. Start with your answer and then support your answer with the law. Doing it this way, your clients donít have to read what they don't need to if you've done your analysis well.

When I was in-house counsel it annoyed me when an external lawyer would give me a long memorandum that took way too much of my time to get to the point. I learned to read the last page first.

What can you do to make your opinions more client helpful?

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