Common Mistakes in Contract Drafting: The Lawyer’s Role in Drafting, Negotiations, Form and Concepts


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This course will be designed to take the attorney from the beginning of contract drafting to its conclusion. It will discuss the lawyer’s role in contract drafting, typical contract form and concepts, considerations in contract negotiation, and drafting concepts. Attendees will be presented with common mistakes in contract drafting and suggestions for how to avoid common mistakes which cause problems for clients.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   The lawyer’s role in contract drafting
•   Standard form of transactional documents and key concepts (representations, warranties, covenants, conditions, indemnities, guarantees, etc.)
•   The contract drafting process including choosing which party should draft documents and use of forms
•   Common mistakes in contract drafting and how to avoid those mistakes

Date / Time: December 18, 2019

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: September 16, 2019

Gray Edmondson, Esq. practices in partnership, corporate, and individual tax planning; business transactions including mergers and acquisitions; business planning, including contract negotiation, review, and drafting; tax controversy; estate and wealth transfer planning; probate; estate and trust litigation; asset protection; and charitable planning.

Mr. Edmondson has conducted, authored, and directed numerous seminars for professional, academic, and civic groups on taxation, business, asset protection, and estate planning. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (serving on the Asset Protection and Business Planning Committees), member of the Mississippi Bar Association, member of the Mississippi Bar’s Tax Section, member of the Mississippi Bar’s Business Law section, Past President of the Mississippi Bar’s Estates and Trusts Section, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Federal District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, and all Mississippi Courts.

Mr. Edmondson earned his B.A., cum laude, and his B.P.A., cum laude, at the University of Mississippi; his J.D., cum laude, at the University of Mississippi School of Law; and his LL.M. (Taxation) at the New York University School of Law.

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Section I. The Lawyer’s Role in Contract Drafting

Section II. The Standard Form of Transactional Documents

Section III. Key Concepts in Contract Drafting

Section IV. The Contract Drafting Process

Section V. Common Mistakes in Contract Drafting and How to Avoid Them