Business and Real Estate Trial Lawyers Write Persuasively for a Living

by Christopher Simmons on December 9, 2011

Talking is Not Enough

Good trial attorneys need good oral skills. They have to make persuasive presentations to the Judge and the Jury. But being able to stand up and talk in front of an important audience is not enough. To carry the day, litigators, especially business and real estate trial attorneys, need good writing skills.

Word processing tools like “Paste Special” can help

Nowadays, persuasive writing includes using word processing tools to efficiently generate high quality documents that a Judge can easily read. One tool I use is the “Paste Special” feature in Microsoft Word. It lets you copy text in one font or format and paste it into your document so that it matches your font and format. But using “Paste Special” can be tedious. With a mouse, it takes several clicks, and remembering to use the string of “shortcut” key combinations can be annoying.

Paste Special made Easy

Recently, I discovered a much easier way to use “Paste Special”. It’s a short macro. You could record the macro yourself, but because of a Microsoft glitch, you would still have to edit the code. No trial lawyer has time for that. So, I had a computer guy program the whole macro code and then just copied it into my collection of macros in Word. Now, all I have to do to “Paste Special” and keep my documents looking sharp, is to press Alt-V. Since Ctrl-V is the default shortcut for a regular paste, using Alt-V for “Paste Special” is easy to remember and use.

Would you like the Macro?

If you would like a copy of the Paste-Special macro and the very short instructions on how to quickly install it, just shoot me an email from my Contact page.