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Let's simplify legal jargon: Alan Siegel on TED.com

Posted by: Matthew Trost

Tax forms, credit agreements, healthcare legislation: They’re crammed with gobbledygook, says Alan Siegel, and incomprehensibly long. He calls for a simple, sensible redesign — and plain English — to make legal paperwork intelligible to the rest of us. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 04:26)

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Comments (5)

  • Chelsea Ursaner commented on Dec 13 2013

    I did some more research on Alan Siegel’s company and seems to be more branding and PR than simplifying legal jargon. My boyfriend is an attorney. Anyone have ideas for a company that works with lawmakers to simplify laws?

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  • genevieve grady commented on Mar 28 2010

    he is so brilliant at what he does. i wish there were more people thinking toward simplicity in these terms. and i wish he would help sort things at my work place! more transparency is needed if the world has any hope of maintaining sanity.

  • basi world commented on Mar 26 2010

    Alan siegel’ s talk about the buisness language simplification is all about with the intention buisness could have to be understood by the common mens also .

    Alan siegel indicates the quote of Thomas Jefferson ,” when the subject is strong , simplicity is the only way to treat it ” . it calls for the need of buisness agreements , tax forms , health care legislations simplifed in common english which could be understood by everyone .

    He also asks for the removal of large volumes of paper which contains the old laws and much more unwanted things . His view that a 10 page agreement is extended upto 200 or more pages is a wastage of human time must have to considered .

    “Simplification” is what the thing which had brought this advanced world .