- What's so great about it?
- Are there any drawbacks I should consider?
The other day I was thinking about just exactly how gardeners help to make things grow, and blossom, and how without their help my garden would not look good. This in turn made me think of the tools needed to make the garden what it is today.
That’s when I discovered that one of the key tools used was the rake! It helps clear and make perfect the garden and grass! It removes the fallen leaves and allows other things to flourish. Now for just a moment, hold that thought . . . because we as attorneys are also gardeners of a sort, or should I say wordsmiths in a garden of words.
As such, we often need certain tools to make our contracts, marital settlement agreements, and everyday motions look and sound better, clearer, and more understandable to all concerned. And so, enter the new rake for attorneys—WordRake!
WordRake is the first true editing software for attorneys, and they have it right! Designed to work within Microsoft Word, WordRake allows you to compose in Word and then hit the “RAKE” button. In seconds, WordRake software suggests edits (right within Word) for a more powerful statement, making for a better document and allowing your brief, contract, or memorandum to be as clear and concise as you can make it.
The program was designed by an attorney for attorneys, and it is an editor that identifies extra language to be removed allowing for brevity and clarity. With WordRake software, you'll edit your legal documents quickly and professionally, all right within your Microsoft Word program.
WordRake was founded in 2011 by lawyer Gary Kinder. He is a best-selling author, a nationally known speaker, and he has taught more than 1,000 writing programs to many law firms.
Mr. Kinder is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea.
Likewise, for the American Bar Association, Mr. Kinder has created the online, interactive series “Advanced Writing for Lawyers,” presented writing webinars, and taught 20 live, all-day ABA programs on writing, so he is very familiar with how we work with our documents.
Remember that the program allows the document author to edit quickly—around 10 pages in 30 seconds, eliminating useless words and allowing us to write and communicate much more concisely. It will improve your writing as it saves you time. WordRake helps stop the rambling that occurs in many documents or pleadings. I use it all the time to make my work look and sound better, to both judges and opposing counsel. It is, without a doubt, the best editing program out there for attorneys and others in the legal profession.
If you are careful about the software you purchase and are on a budget, if you only buy one or two programs a year for the practice, make sure you get WordRake. I highly recommend it for your documents, which are after all our “Gardens.” (Incidentally, this article, as is all my writing, was “Raked”!)
Neither the ABA nor ABA entities endorse non-ABA products or services. This review should not be construed as an endorsement.