How to Write a Legal Statement

by Fiona Miller; Updated September 26, 2017

A legal statement is a document that is valid in the eyes of the law and has been drafted to fulfill a certain purpose, for example a written confession, court judgment, lease or witness account. It is important to write the statement in a manner that is legally correct and clearly states out the legal facts of the issue. This is vital in pushing forward a request in a court of law and in fulfilling the intended legal process depending on the purpose of the statement.

Write down the date of formulation of the legal statement and the subject of the legal statement. Note the place of issue that refers to the location of a possible legal action. Select the theme of the document, which determines how you will draft the document to reflect positively on the interested party.

Describe briefly the purpose of the legal statement; for example, include basic facts of the case to provide the gist of the document. Write down all the information clearly in simple language and avoid including your opinions. Provide the identity and information on the relevant parties to the legal statement -- for example, the defendant, prosecutor or a deponent -- and a brief explanation of their connection to the statement.

Expound on other relevant information regarding the legal issue and the facts related to the case in the best interests of the interested party. Ensure your argument is strong and brings out potholes in the information provided by an opponent, if there is one. Depending on the document, you can include facts on the terms and conditions that set out the legal field for the statement and the resulting penalties and punishments related to the legal matter.

Make photocopies of the required documents pertaining to the statement, and attach them to the document. This may include identification documents and documented proof of supporting claims.

Make a conclusion on any developments made in regards to finalizing the matter or the action decided upon. In the case where you are representing a certain party, ensure the conclusion touches on the innocence or regret of the party and declaration to avoid related future behavior. Obtain the signatures of the relevant parties to the statement, and put down your signature.

About the Author

Fiona Miller is a resident of Vancouver, Canada. Her writing career began in London in 2004, working as chief editor for the International Finance Journal, an online magazine with readership across Europe. Miller holds a diploma in creative journalism and English from Concordia University, a Bachelor of Commerce in international business and an M.B.A. from the IESE Business School in Barcelona.

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