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Legal Writing Proofreading

Our best writing tip? Edit for clarity and brevity with WordRake. It’s an automated in-line editor that checks for needless words, cumbersome phrases, clichés, and more.

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A Secret Writing Weapon

One Person Who Should Always Review Your Writing

That second set of eyes sitting just outside the door: your secretary.

Secretaries are smart, often excelled at English in school, and know there from their from they’re. Using your secretary as a proofreader enhances your practice three ways:

  1. you send out better work to the court, to the client, to opposing counsel;
  2. you spend less time looking for typos, homonyms, and nonsense;
  3. you make an important member of your team feel included.

Here’s some irony: An author has an agent, a publisher, and at least two professional editors, all of whom carefully review a manuscript (which arrives already tightly written), and all of whom, plus the author, share a few hundred thousand dollars, maybe a million or two, if that manuscript becomes a bestseller. But when a lawyer writes a brief with millions or hundreds of millions or billions of dollars riding on it, no one else even looks at it. Someone should. Typos and grammar slips tell the judge, the client, and opposing counsel you don’t care about your case.

Every lawyer needs an editor, and you already have one, just outside your door.

P.S. My partners and the engineers will hang me by my thumbs if I do not mention that WordRake editing software can also be that second set of eyes and see ways to improve your brief or memorandum that even your secretary cannot see.

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About Gary Kinder

Gary Kinder

WordRake founder Gary Kinder has taught over 1,000 writing programs for AMLAW 100 firms, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies. He’s also a New York Times bestselling author. As a writing expert and coach, Gary was inspired to create WordRake when he noticed a pattern in writing errors that he thought he could address with technology.

In 2012, Gary and his team of engineers created WordRake editing software to help writers produce clear, concise, and effective prose. It saves time and gives confidence. Writing and editing has never been easier.

WordRake takes you beyond the merely grammatical to the truly great—the quality editor you’ve always wanted. See for yourself.

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How Does it Work?

WordRake is editing software designed by writing expert and New York Times bestselling author Gary Kinder. Like an editor or helpful colleague, WordRake ripples through your document checking for needless words and cumbersome phrases. Its complex algorithms find and improve weak lead-ins, confusing language, and high-level grammar and usage slips.

WordRake runs in Microsoft Word and Outlook, and its suggestions appear in the familiar track-changes style. If you’ve used track changes, you already know how to use WordRake. There’s nothing to learn and nothing to interpret. Editing for clarity and brevity has never been easier.