All posts by Nada Alnajafi, Esq.

Contract Redlining Etiquette Rule #6 on Re-Drafting by Nada Alnajafi for Contract Nerds

Contract Redlining Etiquette – Rule #6 On Re-Drafting

Remember, you’re still drafting even while negotiating. The key to drafting a clear contract is to re-draft clearer contractual terms that correspond with your redlines and reflect the parties’ intent. The best way to accomplish this is for the party requesting a substantive change to propose the corresponding language. Here are some best practices to keep in mind for this simple yet often overlooked rule of thumb.

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Contract Redlining Etiquette – Rule #5 On Internal Redlines

When we think of the contract negotiation process, most of us think only of the external legal negotiation and often neglect the importance of the internal negotiation. The stronger the internal negotiation, the stronger the external negotiation. This Rule focuses on using internal redlines to get the most out of the internal negotiation phase.

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Contract Redlining Etiquette - Rule #4 on Calls by Nada Alnajafi for Contract Nerds

Contract Redlining Etiquette – Rule #4 on Calls

Now that you’ve exchanged redlines with your counterparty, it is time to switch to live negotiations via a phone call or virtual meeting. The goal of the contract negotiation call is to close out the remaining open items and move the contract forward towards a final agreement.
How can you run the call as efficiently as possible to achieve this goal? Follow Rule #4 on Running Calls.

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How to Spot and Solve Implicit Language Bias in International Contracts by Nada Alnajafi for Contract Nerds

How to Spot and Solve Implicit Language Bias in International Contracts

Ever notice that contracts are always drafted in English? Implicit language bias occurs in contracts when the contract drafter assumes the other party is as fluent in English and English “legalese” as the contract drafter. If you’ve ever thought this to yourself, “Wow, their English is surprisingly really good!” then you probably have implicit language bias.

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Better Contract Management in Six Manageable Steps, by Nada Alnajafi, for Contract Nerds

Better Contract Management in Six Manageable Steps

While investing in a contract management tool is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, it should not be your first. In fact, there is a lot of work to be done internally that will significantly improve your contract management process without costing you a single dime. And with all the choices out there, this work needs to be done before you can even attempt to identify the right tool for you.

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