I happened to talk with someone who had worked at a major credit card company known for their subprime cards which never grow with you as their first job out of college yesterday. They told me as we made cracks about the company how the legal department there in drafting the terms of the cardmember agreement deliberately tried to make it as confusing as possible for the "target" group they aimed at, elderly hispanics. I was like well your first mistake was assuming people even read those damn things most don't. But we both agreed that was pretty shoddy and that's what prompted the "I gotta get out of here" response. I guess all is well that ends well there, but anyway if you find that legalise confusing, it may be because it's MEANT to be confusing.
I don't doubt that there are situations in which a lawyer would write specifically to confuse the reader.
However, there is a reason legal writing is a bit more obtuse than normal conversational language. Our words have bigger consequences which makes it more important for us to use the correct word and structure sentences correctly. There are US Supreme Court cases that hinge on the placement of a single comma.
Obviously legal writing must be unambiguous and very technical. But I agree that sometimes documents are written specifically to confuse. That is exactly why some states have adopted "plain language" statutes.that require contracts to be written so that they can be understood by nonlawyers. In some situations courts will not enforce contracts if they are not easily understood by the parties. So if the target group is uneducated poor people sometimes a contract won't be enforced if it is written above, say, the 5th grade level. Unfortunately not all jurisdictions require that.
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