Writing Percentages in Legal Writing

In the legal field too, it is important to respond exactly to what has been said, promised, etc. If the figure 4.975% is relevant, it should be recorded in its original form, unrounded and apparently in words (to ensure clarity when reading aloud?). Express most percentages in numbers, except at the beginning of sentences. Depending on your target audience, write “percentage” or use “%”. Do not add space before “%”. When it comes to writing numbers, I follow the style of the Associated Press, which is to write one to ten or any number that starts a sentence or quote, and use numbers for all numbers of 11 and above. Decimals are always written as numbers in this style. But I guess each industry can have its own standard. Those of us who claim to be good at writing sometimes admit to being bad at math. How does this perceived mathematical deficiency affect us when we write about numbers? This article covers some of the most dazzling rules. Disclaimer: Gentry Law Group, LLC has provided this blog to give us a way to describe our thoughts and analyses that we think might be useful to the public.

In no case is it legal advice and should not be used as such. This blog does not establish an attorney-client relationship between you and Gentry Law Group, LLC. This blog is not a substitute for legal advice from a licensed lawyer. But we hope you found it interesting and useful! From my point of view, it is quite correct to write the numeric/symbol form. I always write numbers up to ninety-nine in words, larger numbers in numbers and percentages as described. Use a combination of numbers and words for numbers if such a combination keeps your writing clear. Legal Writing Standards: Dates, Numbers, Citations and Titles When it comes to percentages specifically, the APA has this to say:Use the percentage sign after any number expressed as a number. Use the word “percentage” after any number expressed as a word. Use the word “percentage” after any number that begins a sentence, title, or text header. One of the bad things I rarely have to go through in legal writing is the completely unnecessary notation of numbers. Not many things about professional writing really make me angry, but this is one of them. But I want to explain why I like the old, disgusting method.

It actually has to do with the point raised by the very experienced lawyer. If one number is wrong and the other is correct, it can be problematic. But this is not as problematic as if an instance of the number is false. What kind of argument can you make in that situation if the other party argues that the number is correct? A bad one. Plus, writing the number into words, as well as writing the numbers, makes you much less likely to make a mistake. I`ve seen people add zeros to digits or reverse numbers when they write the number, but never when the number is written and the number added. Put 2.0459% in legal terms:a) two and four hundred and fifty-nine percent tenthousandems Still done: 39 percent, regardless of the numerical value, in some cases a paper may require it to be thirty-nine (39%) percent, but it`s really old old legal stuff It`s included here, along with most credentials removed. It is less a strictly legal document than a government document, but the idea is exactly the same: someone felt the need to state the large numbers used to describe a long series of measures of property boundaries, and the result is anathema.

People here would say “oh” instead of zero, but in a legal document, zero seems more appropriate. Again, 0.45 could be “zero points four five,” although people can actually say “zero” Before we get started, here are some tips for writing the percentage sign, no matter which style guide you follow. But to stay focused, the limited and legally recognized use of this practice when writing checks and other financial instruments has no place in other types of documents. Keep people spelling things on cheques if they want to.