A study on the plain english language as the solutions to the problems of legalese

Sowmya.S and Sharon Ruby

Legal English is famous for its complexity which makes it incomprehensible for lay readers. The solution to the problem of legalese is the obvious English movement, aiming at simplification of the language of documents. Not withstanding the reality that the guidelines for clearer drafting were extensively mentioned, there are nonetheless no uniform standards, which is one of the elements that delay the pace of reform. A few types of files, e.g. wills, are in particular proof against the reform.
The intention of this paper is to offer a comparative evaluation of legalese and simple English on the instance of 1 form of texts. The cloth accommodates a hard and fast of 6 British wills: three written in traditional fashion and 3 in plain English. The analysis takes into consideration each macrostructure and microstructure of wills, which include design and layout, grammatical structures and lexicon.
The evaluation reveals that plain language wills are tons more readable than their legalese counterparts, as they use higher organisation, extra accessible grammatical systems, and much less ambiguous and less archaic terminology. It's miles argued that it is profitable to paintings at the enhancement of the prevailing simple language strategies and answers, so that it will broaden and popularise simple legal English.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24327/ijcar.2017.7347.1130
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