Although the 1-to-10 ratio is perhaps overstated, lawyers do seem obsessed with redundancy. Why do lawyers draft a client’s last “will and testament”? Why do we attach “true and correct” copies of documents to affidavits? Speaking of affidavits, why does your typical affiant “depose and say” the contents of the document?
When it comes to these “legal doublets,” the blame probably rests with William the Conqueror. When the Normans conquered England, a ruling class speaking Norman French replaced one speaking the Germanic Old English. Read more.
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