Never use a long word where a short one will do. – George Orwell
Legal professionals write to communicate, advocate, and negotiate. You would be hard-pressed to find another industry, except for publishing, that takes writing as seriously.
Consider this: lawyers create and receive tens of thousands of e-mails, presentations, documents, briefs, appeals, and management memos. Readers interpret every word based on what they believe about the author.
Each of us has a unique writing style, and signature phrases, and readers make assumptions about us based on these facets of writing. In the legal environment, the adage “it’s not what you said, it’s what you meant” causes both professional and financial problems for our businesses.
WordRake is your communication insurance filter – the buffer zone between you and a potential communication disaster. WordRake is a tool that lives within your Microsoft Word and Outlook accounts to read, edit, and polish your writing before it reaches anyone else.
WordRake is useful for nearly any situation you can imagine, from a simple management memo e-mail to high-profile case documents. After using it, I cannot imagine my life without it.
Even for the most dedicated grammarians, WordRake is a powerful tool that imparts a level of editorial grace to one’s writing in seconds that could otherwise only be achieved by a team sitting in your office full-time.
I now compete with WordRake as I write, taking cues from its “concise” text changes. When WordRake suggests better wording for some of my run-on phrases, it makes my work more refined immediately and teaches me better writing practices.
Created by New York Times best-selling author and former lawyer Gary Kinder, WordRake is designed for the complexity of even the most prestigious law firm’s casework. Gary has lead more than 1,000 writing programs for law firms including Baker McKenzie, Jones Day, Perkins Coie, Davis Wright Tremaine, and Sidley. His editing philosophy, which now exists as the patented editing technology in WordRake, eliminates unnecessary words for clarity.
E-mail is a perfect case study to showcase this feature. How often have you been offended by or misunderstood the content of an e-mail? I can think of dozens of times in my career where management or a colleague sent out a communication that was perceived unfavorably because the writer’s meaning was unclear.
By installing WordRake inside of Outlook on all of your law firm’s computers, your business can shield itself from a potential outbreak of distraction. You can prevent miscommunication and its backlash with WordRake.
For briefs, appeals, motions, and casework, think of WordRake as your personal editor and coach. WordRake is by your side to offer suggestions and eliminate unnecessary content.
Benefits of WordRake go far beyond just competency. WordRake increases your writing efficiency, improves relationships with clients, decreases associates’ attrition by making their working lives easier, trims partner editing time, and more.
WordRake’s pricing is as simple to understand as its software is to use. Subscriptions are sold in one-, two-, and three-year terms. Purchase yours for Word, Outlook, or both and use it on an unlimited basis. Installation takes seconds, and fantastic customer support is available if you need it. For larger law firms and institutions, discounted enterprise licensing is available and customizable for your organization’s needs.
From one writer to another, I couldn’t recommend WordRake more. I’ve loved it since I received my first license at the Chicago Bar Association and hope I never go a day without it.
This article has been “WordRaked” and I hope your next communication is, too.
Want to see it in action? Watch this quick clip I recorded during the creation of this article here.