July 27, 2017

Thomson Reuters streamlines legal document creation with drafting assistant enhancements

PDF conversion, real-time Deal Proof results processing, and improved interface with other document solutions

LONDON and EAGAN, MINN – Legal professionals can now more efficiently and accurately draft key legal documents with Thomson Reuters Drafting Assistant, which adds advanced capabilities for drafting, proofing and automating legal document creation.

With these new Drafting Assistant enhancements, together with Contract Express and Westlaw Form Builder, Thomson Reuters provides a comprehensive set of solutions for drafting, proofing and automating legal document creation, streamlining a crucial workflow for the legal profession.

Drafting Assistant now features a PDF converter, which allows any PDF to be converted into a Microsoft® Word document, enabling a user to analyze the document with the powerful tools of Drafting Assistant. This is particularly useful when a user wants to closely examine an image-based PDF they received from counterparties, clients or colleagues by running it through tools such as Insert Flags & Links, Deal Proof, or Locate Precedent in order to quickly identify bad citations, optimize clause language and highlight possible drafting issues.

The new version of Drafting Assistant also includes an updated interface that helps users more easily move between features, as well as other Thomson Reuters products, such as Contract Express. Drafting Assistant customers with access to Contract Express templates from their organization’s document automation projects can now access those templates and build documents right from the Drafting Assistant tool pane in Microsoft Word.

Lawyers involved in transactional practices now have more effective proofreading capabilities with more effective processing of information in Deal Proof, the legal proofreading tool within Drafting Assistant. Deal Proof now analyzes and flags numeration, punctuation, non-conforming phrases, and open issues contained in tables. In addition, any issues that are ‘flagged’ within Deal Proof are now updated with real-time results as the user is making changes to the document. This reduces the amount of time users must spend proofreading. It also lets users maintain their drafting rhythm as they work through the list of issues with the freedom to make edits without interruption, instead of having to run an analysis after each change.

The minutes it takes to complete small tasks add up quickly, and Drafting Assistant’s new features automate more of those tasks, letting the attorney focus on drafting effective and accurate legal documents,” said Craig Larson, vice president, Productivity Solutions, Thomson Reuters. “The new features help attorneys maintain their workflow, reduce errors, and generate better documents faster for their clients. Now more than ever, Drafting Assistant gives attorneys greater speed, accuracy and confidence when drafting key legal documents, and is a key part of our comprehensive solutions for contracts, forms and documents.”

Drafting Assistant for PC, Drafting Assistant on Microsoft Word 2016 for the iPad®, and Drafting Assistant Essential, provide a full range of solutions that improve efficiency and streamline document drafting workflows, validate citations, and perform other critical drafting tasks no matter where users are or what computing platform they are using. Some features may be specific to geographic regions.

More information on Drafting Assistant can be found at http://legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/law-products/solutions/drafting-assistant for U.S. practitioners or draftingassistant.co.uk for UK practitioners.

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