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How to create secure, efficient legal memos.
Legal memos give a brief answer to a legal issue with the significant facts, laws, and arguments of your case. Make and share them easily with Adobe Acrobat.
What is a legal memo?
A legal memo, also known as a legal memorandum, is a way for an attorney to support their case with relevant facts. They can be delivered either as a paper document or an eDoc.
Memos (sometimes pluralized as memoranda) clearly answer a question and provide a statement of facts, findings, and relevant laws that an attorney will present. Questions can be almost anything, but they tend to be common legal issues such as whether a party to a lawsuit bears responsibility or should pay damages.
A memo is distinct from a legal brief. Memos summarize one side’s interpretation of the key facts, laws, and issues at hand, and they state answers plainly. Briefs are more explicitly persuasive and use legal analysis, reasoning, and rhetoric in addition to facts and laws, to show why a given position is correct and what legal principles should apply.
How to format a legal memo.
Legal memos, like nearly all legal writing, follow a regular format. Most memos will follow some variation of this structure:
Table of contents
Restate your answer to the legal question, emphasize why the facts are on your side, and persuasively argue why and how the law favors your argument.
Keep in mind that nothing here should be construed as legal advice. Local laws and practices can differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Consult with an attorney before attempting to assemble any sort of legal document.
Create legal memos with Adobe Acrobat.
Adobe Acrobat is optimized for collaboration. Legal memos are often the work of several people or even whole law firms. Multiple attorneys, paralegals, legal writers, and investigators can contribute to creating one.
Acrobat is built with teams in mind. It’s easy for team members to edit copy, highlight specific passages, and make comments within the memo as it’s being assembled. With digital signatures, collaborators and stakeholders can also give their sign-off on sections and subsections quickly, easily, and securely.
How Électricité de France saved time and added efficiency with Acrobat.
Digitizing workflows can yield major dividends, for both small, local businesses and major international enterprises. Prior to adopting e-signatures and other digital solutions, Électricité de France (EDF, a major player in supplying energy across five continents) would have to wait days or even weeks to validate deals with suppliers, customers, and governments.
Thanks to e-signatures, the energy giant has been able to reduce validation time by up to 88%, and processes that once took days now take mere hours. All of this while EDF stays compliant with national and international energy laws, regulations, and agreements and maintains document security.
Security is also paramount for legal work. Acrobat Pro includes password protection for sensitive documents, and a redaction tool for creating different versions of documents. Create internal, public-facing, and alternate versions of documents easily, and make your case with Acrobat.
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