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INFOGRAPHIC: What Salutation Should You Use?

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Ken Adams, a leading authority on contract language, is back in Toronto for the eleventh year to teach the Drafting Clearer Contracts series – a set of comprehensive, hands-on contract drafting courses exclusive, in Canada, to OsgoodePD.

This year’s installment will also be the first seminar in North America to feature Ken Adams’ 4th edition of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (MSCD). One of the American Bar Association’s best-sellers, the MSCD has become a valued resource to the legal profession as it provides an in-depth survey of the building blocks of contract language.

In “Chapter 19: Letter Agreements” of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, Ken discusses the usage of salutations in letter agreements addressed to a company vs. agreements addressed to an individual of that company.

Traditionally, ‘Dear Sirs’ & ‘To whom it may concern’ were acceptable, even preferred salutations. However, this is no longer the case. The following infographic explains alternatives for addressing entire organizations in letter agreements.

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Editor’s Note: The original post titled “What Salutation Should You Use in a Letter Agreement Sent to a Company?” was published on August 3, 2017 by Ken Adams. It can be found here.


Picture of Ken AdamsKENNETH A. ADAMS is a leading authority on contract language. According to The Lawyers Weekly, “In the world of contract drafting, Ken Adams is the guru.” Ken’s book,
A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting is one of the ABA’s best-selling titles and has become an essential resource for contact drafters. He gives public and in-house seminars in the US, Canada and internationally. Ken also frequently acts as a consultant and expert witness.


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