A favorite reference tool for professional drafters for over a decade, Drafting Effective Contracts combines a clear analysis of how effective agreements are structured with a practical breakdown of the essential elements of any contract— giving you the best way to draft contracts. This completely updated practical reference guide presents a consistent structural analysis and a comprehensive set of drafting elements that can be used from contract to contract. You are led step-by-step through the process by which contracts are created, given clear sample contract provisions, and offered direction around the obstacles that may be encountered in drafting agreements for goods and services, promissory notes, guaranties, and secured transactions. Drafting Effective Contracts provides a complete handbook for drafting legal agreements that work. For starters, you get a practical and comprehensive approach to the overall contract process—from conducting the initial client meeting to closing the deal. You’ll find a detailed discussion of the 11 drafting elements that every contract may have: Parties Recitals Subject Consideration Warranties and Representations Risk Allocation Conditions Performance Dates and Term Boilerplate Signatures After you get a solid explanation of these essential elements and how they’re assembled to create effective contracts, you get key strategies for negotiating the agreement and closing the deal. You get an overview of the legal concepts that underpin various types of agreements —such as promissory notes, guaranties, security agreements, and agreements for the sale of goods and services. Then you’ll see how to apply the drafting elements to create the finished contract. You also get an array of sample agreements and contracts as well as statutory material. Only Drafting Effective Contracts combines the best benefits of a forms book and a treatise to give you the most complete tool for building effective legal agreements.