About a week ago, a client came to me needing an affidavit notarized. Some attorney had drafted the document for this client. I read over it before I notarized it, but when I got to the end, my jaw dropped a bit and I could feel a giggle rising up in me before I could stifle it.
At the end of the document, instead of saying the contemporary, "Sworn to and subscribed before me," the attorney had written, "Further affiant sayeth not."
Ok... seriously. We aren't in medieval times here. And this is not a Monty Python movie.
Whenever you draft a document for a client, you should research the laws to make sure you are current, and you should always write in plain English. There is no need to write in legalese, especially if you are not a lawyer. Additionally, there is no need to write in Ye Olde English, if you can write the document in normal people words.
In fact, if you try to use legalese, there is a strong chance you can permanently mess up the document, leading to court cases, invalidation, etc. If you say what you mean, there is little room for a judge to try to decipher what you wanted to say.
Regardless of the wording used by that attorney, I did giggle a bit, and then I couldn't help but repeat once in a while, "Further affiant sayeth not," in my best British accent.