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Legal opinion


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Legal opinion

  1. 1. Srilakshmi Attorney Structuring Legal Opinion
  2. 2. Legal Opinion <ul><li>A legal opinion is a written legal advice on a point of law issued by an Attorney or Advocate or statement by an attorney with regard to what is legal. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Writing Legal Opinion is An Art, not a Science <ul><li>There are no rules (except spelling and grammar) </li></ul><ul><li>Plain language is an approach, not a doctrine </li></ul><ul><li>Goal is effective communication </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions based on experience and research </li></ul>
  4. 4. Before You Write Anything <ul><li>Know what you want to accomplish </li></ul><ul><li>Know what you want to say </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to organize </li></ul><ul><li>Know the substance and style </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to conclude </li></ul>
  5. 5. Legal Opinion Principles <ul><li>Opinions provided are expressions of professional judgment regarding legal matters addressed. </li></ul><ul><li>An opinion should not read to cover the substance or effect of the law of other jurisdictions or other statues or regulations. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Crux of the Opinion <ul><li>Decide what’s important </li></ul><ul><li>Level of detail </li></ul><ul><li>State the essential facts </li></ul><ul><li>Define the dispositive issue and state the governing principle </li></ul><ul><li>Provide the answer with reasoning </li></ul>
  7. 7. Basis of Opinion <ul><li>“ IRAC” </li></ul><ul><li>Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion </li></ul>
  8. 8. IRAC <ul><li>Issue: The legal question/issues the Client is asked to solve. </li></ul><ul><li>Rule: The general legal rules governing the issue </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis: Explains how the legal rules apply to the facts of the issue raised by the Client </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion: Opinion on each issue presented </li></ul>
  9. 9. Structure of the Opinion <ul><li>Title and Heading </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Brief summary of Clients Requirement </li></ul><ul><li>Facts/Background </li></ul><ul><li>Issues/Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Reasoning </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  10. 10. Conclusion <ul><li>Legal Opinion – tangible expression of thinking on the subject matter </li></ul><ul><li>Good Opinions – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aids in effective advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishes credibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effectively communicates the subject knowledge of the Attorney </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Thank You