This is a letter I recently received. The author’s name has been omitted to protect the guilty. Original in black. My version in red.
Dear Sir/Madam: Dear Ccounsel (or perhaps, simply Counsel:, depending on my mood)
Enclosed herewith please find defendants’ Bill of Particulars. Enclosed is the defendant’s Bbill of Pparticulars. Please note that at the present time this document is unverified. It is not yet verified.We are in the process of securing same from our clients, and upon receipt of our client’s verifications, we shall forward copies to your office. We hope to receive it soon from our clients and forward it on to you.
Thank you for your anticipated courtesy and cooperation in this matter. Thank you for your anticipated courtesy.
Very truly yours,
The original is 55 words, exclusive of salutation and valediction. Mine is 33 words. Now take this simple form letter and think about it in the context of a brief.
You get the picture.