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Legal Writing

This guide assists first-year law students with the CREAC format used in legal writing.

Overarching Conclusion

THIS OVERARCHING CONCLUSION NEEDS AN EDIT:

ALAN CAN INHERIT FROM REBECCA’S ESTATE UNDER THE DOCTRINE OF EQUITABLE ADOPTION.

 

THE EDIT WILL CORRECT THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Likelihood of the Outcome: the legal writer does not precisely state the outcome's degree of certainty.
  2. Reason(s) for the Outcome: the legal writer does not include a because state that identifies the reasons for the outcome.

 

AFTER THE EDIT, THE OVERARCHING CONCLUSION IS NOW ACCOMPLISHED:

A COURT WILL LIKELY FIND THAT ALAN CAN INHERIT FROM REBECCA’S ESTATE AS HER EQUITABLY ADOPTED CHILD BECAUSE REBECCA EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO ADOPT ALAN TO HIM AND OTHERS ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS, AND THERE WAS A MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF A PARENT-CHILD-RELATIONSHIP.

 

THE OVERARCHING CONCLUSION IS ACCOMPLISHED FOR THESE REASONS:

  1. The likelihood of the outcome is precisely and concisely stated (red sentence)
  2. The outcome precisely and concisely answers the legal question and acknowledges the governing law (blue clause)
  3. The reason for the outcome appears in a because statement that precisely and concisely highlights all the elements being analyzed (green clause)