Citations

More are not better. The strongest is a twenty-year-old Supreme Court case with two recent applications by a court of appeals with facts as near as your facts as you can get. Use brief parentheticals to show the context of the cited case, like (promissory note) or (land contract), but do not write long explanations as part of the citation. Do not put citations in the middle of sentences. Write a statement, and put the citation after the sentence. If the whole paragraph is derived from a source of authority, put the citation at the end of the paragraph; do not put id. after each sentence. If the case is hard to find, attach a copy. Do not highlight head notes.

Lynn Hughes, Clearing the Fog of Words - Writing for Effect and Clarity