Although some firms say they skip the memo stage, Garner shows that a sound research memo provides the analytical foundation for litigation and transactional documents.

For more than 20 years, Garner has collected thousands of samples from law firms throughout the United States. Only 1% do the three things that a solid memo should on the very first page:

1. state the question in a way that any reader, even years down the line, can comprehend;
2. give a brief but concrete answer to that question; and
3. summarize the reason for that answer.

Although these tasks seem straightforward, they're devilishly difficult for the unskilled.

Garner shows you how to master the art, even with multiple questions, and to improve the legal analysis. Then he shows how to substantiate that analysis with excellent writing the whole way through.

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