The ContractStandards Style Guide takes a modular, hierarchical approach to contract drafting, starting with the overall organization, delving deeper into sentences and words.

  1. Organization: Follow a consistent, logical organizational structure
  2. Headings: Use informative headings that serve as a summary of the contents
  3. Clauses: Break text into smaller units with one substantive topic per clause
  4. Sentences: Draft in short, declarative sentences
  5. Words: Use standard language, without jargon or legalese
  6. Punctuation: Use punctuation to aid readability