In this video, you get answers to these questions:

  • Why do lawyers use legalese?
  • What are two reasons why lawyers will use legalese?

Video Transcript

Why do lawyers use legalese? That’s the question I’m going to answer today. I’m Aaron Hall, an attorney for business owners in Minneapolis, Minnesota. All right. You might be wondering why is it that lawyers used these aloof, pretentious, ambiguous terms when they’re talking about business concepts or legal concepts? Well, there are two main reasons that a lawyer may use legalese. The first is the lawyer might be pretentious, and they’re just simply trying to sound sophisticated and smart. The second reason a lawyer may use legalese is that they’re using a legal term and they want precision in their language, so it’s very clear what they’re talking about. Legal terms often have an entire body of legal cases and legal doctrines refined around them, and so the attorney is very specifically using a term of art, because of the full legal implications of that term.

So, again, you have lawyers on both sides. Some just use legal terms to be pretentious. Others are using legal terms because they are seeking precision, and they understand the importance of using the right word, because of all the legal ramifications of that word. I’m Aaron Hall, and I do these regular videos answering common questions that I get. To learn more, see the description below, and there’s a link to for additional resources. If you’d like other videos like this, you can subscribe to our channel, and if you have questions, feel free to add them in the comment section below.