Busy law firms must sometimes reach out for help with the constant mounds of paperwork streaming through the legal process. The decision to outsource the creation of legal briefs is one that can save your firm a ton of time, freeing up your legal team to focus on other aspects of litigation. Choosing a top-rate company to craft your legal briefs is of the utmost importance. When evaluating brief writing companies there are several things the company must do in order to be a trusted writing partner.
Variety of briefs available.
Law firms that offer more than one type of legal service need a variety of legal briefs in several specialties. Some writing services specialize in a particular type of law, which is fine, but then you must search for more help with composing briefs for your additional services. This piecemeal approach can lead to spotty quality issues. It’s much better to partner with a company with a reputation for producing high quality legal briefs in several categories such as personal injury, disability and worker’s compensation claims. It’s easier to maintain consistency with a single company handling the brief writing chores.
Formatted for easy reading.
There are several ways to format a legal brief. Some formats are a lot easier to read than others, and the ease of reading does make a difference as to how quickly your team absorbs information. Ease of reading is sometimes overlooked in favor of an overly complex professional presentation style. Your brief writing company shouldn’t get bogged down with fancy formats. The best companies present information in a format that is easy to skim, or dig into when needed.
Case issues are presented correctly and clearly.
There is no excuse for sloppy research. The briefs that you receive must include all relevant issues pertaining to the case. Additionally, each issue should state the facts correctly, and be written in a style that any legal team member can understand.
Explanation of court holdings.
Does your brief writer do a good job of explaining court legal answers, and why the court came to that conclusion? This section must feature clearly worded analysis that seamlessly ties into the facts as presented to the court.
Ideally, you should be able to skip to this section of the briefing when pressed for time and gain useful insight into court decisions. Appellate decisions should be included, and briefs should detail what happened between upper and lower courts.