Editorial Services for Attorneys & Law Firms
In our world of multimedia and instant communication, good writing still matters — and our goal is to ensure that your documents are the best they can be.
The importance of good writing is particularly true in the law, where the clarity and conciseness of the documents you prepare — documents intended for the courts, for clients and for prospective clients — are crucial to your success and that of your firm.
We offer proofreading and editing services to give your firm’s written communications (pleadings, memoranda, contracts, press releases, blogs and firm newsletters) the polish and precision they deserve. Our editorial team (consisting of attorney-editors with extensive experience) provide affordable and fast service, customized to your needs.
Contact us by email or phone. Or if you live in the NYC area or just visiting, we would be glad to meet with you in our NYC offices. Scroll down for contact details and prices.
Editorial Services Offered
Whether you seek basic proofreading or editing for consistency of style or a structural overhaul, our editing services are customized to your particular needs. (If your interest is in legal research and writing services, visit our sister site, Legal-Research.com.)
Perhaps the most underrated step in the editorial process is proofreading — checking for errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar including verb/tense usage. Proofreading is often the final step before the document is released to the public; and errors, even one such error, can undermine an otherwise exemplary work effort.
Proofreading may be all your document needs, and we will be glad to give it a word-by-word going over to search for errors you may have missed. Or your document may require more stylistic or substantive editorial review. Whatever your needs, we would be glad to help you meet them.
The editorial services we offer include proofreading, copyediting, and substantive editing.
Levels of Editorial Review
• Proofreading. Correcting for spelling, punctuation and grammar including verb/tense usage. Text is not changed except to resolve grammatical errors.
• Copyediting. In addition to a proofreading check, copyediting seeks to achieve consistency of style and clear up confusing or awkward writing.
• Substantive Editing. Involves reorganization and rewriting as necessary to fill in any gaps in logic and ensure consistency in tone. The objective is to improve the document’s overall clarity while preserving the author’s original intent and style.
Elements of Style
In each editing project we undertake, we try to keep in mind Strunk & White’s classic The Elements of Style, the indispensable guide for those who seek to make themselves understood through written communication. Among its many tips on grammar and usage are the following:
• Write in a way that comes naturally
• Revise and rewrite
• Do not explain too much
• Be clear
It is this clarity of style that we seek to help you achieve.
Those who write and edit should have within arm’s reach at all times a copy of The Elements of Style, now in its fourth edition. For more comprehensive references on English grammar and usage, we prefer the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) and Bryan Garner’s The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style (3rd edition).
Prices – Cost Estimates
We strive to handle your editing needs in a timely and cost-effective manner. While our basic rate is $65 per hour (less for ongoing clients), we prefer to bid for jobs on a flat-rate basis, as this enables us to focus on the job itself and not just the number of words or pages involved. Once you contact us and we have a good feel for the project, we will get back with you right away with a cost estimate. We won’t begin until you give us the go-ahead.
If you wish, you may send jobs (both large and small) on a continuing basis, and we will bill at the end of the month.
Our team, consisting of attorney-editors with extensive editing experience, is led by Robert S. Want (see below). You may contact him by email at rwant@LegalEditor.com or by phone (212) 687-3774. We will respond to your query right away.
Also, if you are from the NYC area or just visiting, we would be glad to meet with you at our New York City offices, conveniently located adjacent to Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan.
We prefer that when you send documents to us, you do so by email attachment. Also, we request that the file be in Word or WordPerfect format, but we can accept other formats as well, including PDF, Excel, PowerPoint, and HTML. You may also fax material to us (212-687-3779) or send hard copy by postal mail or express delivery to: WANT Publishing Co., 420 Lexington Ave., Suite 300, New York, NY 10170.
The editorial director is Robert S. Want, an experienced editor of legal documents and law-related material. In addition to his work at LegalEditor.com, Mr. Want serves as editor of Nations Courts Online, a reference dealing with the nation’s federal, state and county courts, offering comprehensive directory listings, biographical information on federal judges and new nominees, and summaries of selected new lawsuits filed in courts around the country (including the full complaints).
Mr. Want founded WANT Publishing Co. in 1975, and the company is proud of its service to the law profession through three divisions: LegalEditor.com (offering editing and proofreading services), Legal-Research.com (offering research and writing services), and NationsCourts.com (reference source covering of the nation’s federal, state and county courts).
Prior to starting WANT Publishing, Mr. Want worked as a researcher-editor for the Library of Congress (Congressional Research Service). He has also served in an editorial capacity for Bloomberg BNA. Mr. Want has an M.A. degree (Economics) and J.D. degree, both from George Washington University (Washington, DC). Professional memberships include the American Copy Editors Society and the Bar Association of the City of New York.
Contact Mr. Want at rwant@LegalEditor.com.
All work that a firm or individual submits to us for editing is recognized as the submitter’s intellectual property and will be held by us in the strictest confidence. We would be happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Unless you request otherwise, your files will be retained by us for one month after completion of the job.
LegalEditor.com (WANT Publishing Co.) offers editorial services for attorneys and law firms. We are not engaged in the practice of law and do not offer legal advice.
About WANT Publishing Co.
WANT Publishing serves the law community through three divisions:
Legal-Research.com (offering research and writing services),
LegalEditor.com (offering proofreading and editing services), and
NationsCourts.com (offering comprehensive coverage
of the nation’s federal, state and county courts).