Question presented and brief answer for a predictive memo

A question presented and brief answer in a predictive legal memo serve three purposes, according to Coughlin, Rocklin, and Patrick, A Lawyer Writes 217–18 (2d ed. 2013): They play a “time-management role” by allowing your reader quickly to discover the question your memo addresses, its answer, and the factual and legal bases upon which that answer turns. Though the person to whom you address the memo almost certainly expects it and anticipates its content at the time you write it, that same person may later need to re-orient herself to the memo’s contents. The question presented and brief answer allow Read More …