One of the services most valued by attorneys is proofreading. Because our goal is for all briefs to be as clean as possible when finished, at Cockle Legal Briefs, your documents are proofread, word-for-word, by two professionally-trained legal proofreaders. Our legal proofreaders are trained to read documents for misspellings, grammatical errors, improper sentence structure, and any inconsistencies. For example, if a case citation takes one form on page 1 and another form on page 20, our legal proofreaders will catch this inconsistency and question it on your proof.
Correct punctuation, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, style, and word choice are important to the reader because they drastically affect perceptions of the writer’s authority and credibility. Numerous or major errors are distracting for the reader and can hurt your credibility as a writer because the reader judges you and your abilities by the way that you write.
Not only do courts view typographical errors as unprofessional, and clients and opposing counsel as indicating incompetence, they can also cause direct monetary harm. Courts have slashed fee awards in half because of substantial grammatical and typographical errors in briefs.
In one case, a federal district court observed: