If all goes well and your customers pay, you should be in order. But what happens if the client does not pay and you have to pursue litigation, arbitration or mediation? In some of these situations, small printed agreements were conceived unilaterally and filled with incriminating terms, hidden in a text that was difficult to read. One can only assume that the creditors` objective was for their clients to sign unfair contracts without reading them and/or giving them a cursory audit. „When Times New Roman appears in a book, document or advertisement, it highlights apathy. He said, „I have written the least resistance.“ Times New Roman is not a choice of writing, but the absence of a choice of writing, as the darkness of deep space is not a color. Watching Times New Roman is looking into the void. You can also see fonts that other dishes use themselves. The Supreme Court goes with Century Schoolbook for its opinions, Lucida without typewriter for its daily orders. The Arkansas Supreme Court loves Garamond, and circuit First and Fourth uses Courier. (The Seventh Circuit has a seven-page guide on typography for those who want to do a deeper dive.) But that doesn`t mean he has to be like that.
In fact, there is evidence to the contrary. For example, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit advises lawyers not to use Times New Roman. (see pages 3-5 here) The Connecticut Court of Appeals actually requires letters to use Arial or Universe. And the U.S. Supreme Court has long asked lawyers to use a „Century Family“ policy (z.B. Century Schoolbook. The size of the policy used in your company`s underlying agreements with other companies can have a direct impact on the success of your collection case. But what if the size of the font you use in your contract is a little too small? We were reminded of the importance of fonts when the Virginia Supreme Court updated its list of acceptable policies last month. In addition to Arial, Courier or Verdana, lawyers practising in Virginia`s highest court are now allowed to file documents in Cambria, Century, Century School Book, Constantia, Franklin Gothic Book, Georgia, Palatino Linotype, Tahoma and Times New Roman. The New York courts have cancelled the contracts and ruled against creditors whose B2B contracts have tiny writings, the small writings make it almost impossible for a client or client to read the contract, let alone accept the terms of the contract. I thought now that everyone knows that lawyers should avoid using Times New Roman as a police force for their legal documents.
But I had a conversation with an experienced lawyer about choosing to write in letters of appeal, and this experienced lawyer tried to tell me that the police don`t matter. „Leave it on Times New Roman,“ said the experienced lawyer. „It`s the habit that judges are used to; That is what they expect. There is no reason to shake it. And maybe it`s true. Perhaps judge, after seeing thousands of court documents, simply „accustomed“ and „wait“ for those letters to look for a certain way. As far back as 1993, New Yorkers were greatly disoriented by the fact that the accused issued one-type defenses in contract lawsuits, landlords and tenants. Many parties in the trial defended lawsuits, saying the contract was not printed in a police size consistent with the New York statutes.