Contract Redlining Etiquette™

Contract Redlining Etiquette – Rule # 8 on Final Versions, by Nada Alnajafi, for Contract Nerds

Contract Redlining Etiquette – Rule # 8 on Finalizing

While the contract redlining process can be fun, alas, it must come to an end at some point. But before you send the contract off for signatures and scratch this one off your To-Do list, there are a few steps you should take to ensure that the final version of the contract is truly the final version.  This Rule #8 outlines three main stages of preparation that you are responsible for before you send a final contract out for signature: 1) Control, 2) Verify, and 3) Clean.

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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 Negotiation 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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