Legal Contracts Putting You to Sleep? Vote Plain English!
Don’t you find it annoying that most contracts are unreadable to the regular person?
Here's an example of such unreadable contracts:
CONTRACT FOR THE SALE OF GOODS
1.Mary Jay, hereinafter referred to as Seller, and John Walker,
hereinafter referred to as Buyer, hereby agree on this 1st day
of January in the year 2016, to the following terms.
A. Identities of the Parties
Paragraph 2. Seller, whose business address is 41 Kayu Road, in the city of Kuala Lumpur, state of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, is in the business of selling computers.
Buyer, whose residential address is 34 Pokok Road in the city of Petaling Jaya, state of Selangor
B. Description of the Goods
Paragraph 3. Seller agrees to transfer and deliver to Buyer, on or before 2nd January 2016, the below-described goods:
1 (One) unit of Intel Celeron Processor Laptop
C. Buyer’s Rights and Obligations
Paragraph 4. Buyer agrees to accept the goods and pay for them according to the terms further set out below.
Paragraph 5. Buyer agrees to pay for the goods in full, the amount of RM1500, upon receipt
6. Goods are deemed received by Buyer upon delivery to Buyer’s
address as set forth above.
Paragraph 7. Buyer has the right to examine the goods upon receipt and has 7 days in which to notify seller of any claim for damages based on the condition, grade, quality or quality of the goods. Such notice must specify in detail the particulars of the claim. Failure to provide such notice within the requisite time period constitutes irrevocable acceptance of the goods.
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Paragraph 8. Until received by Buyer, all risk of loss to the above-described goods is borne by Seller.
Paragraph 9. Seller warrants that the goods are free from any and all security interests, liens, and encumbrances.
10. Agreed to this 1st day of January in the year 2016.
behalf of Seller
certify that I am authorized to act and sign on behalf of Seller and
that Seller is bound by my actions. ______ [initial]
behalf of Buyer
I certify that I am authorized to act and sign on behalf of Buyer and that Buyer is bound by my actions. ______ [initial]
[STAMP DUTY HERE]
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Wouldn't it make life way easier if the same contract document could be simplified into this?
Contract for Selling Goods:
Date: January 1, 2016.
Between: John Walker the buyer and
Mary Jay the seller.
To: deliver and sell One unit of Intel Celeron Processor Laptop at 34 Pokok Road, Petaling Jaya
Conditions of the contract:
1. Mary Jay agrees to sell and deliver the laptop to John Walker by January 2, 2016.
2. John Walker will pay Mary Jay RM1500 for the laptop upon delivery
3.The laptop is deemed to be delivered once it arrives at John Walker's address.
4. John Walker has to right to examine the laptop and notify Mary Jones of any defects within 7 days of receipt. If John Walker fails to do so within 7 days, he is deemed to have irrevocably accepted the goods
5. Mary Jay bears all the risks of loss to the laptop until it is received by John Walker
6.Mary Jay gives warranty that the laptop is free from any legal interference or claims.
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