Now let’s go to the definition in the specific legal area:
What is a legal report?
It is an advice, opinion or criterion issued by a legal professional on a given matter or a defined fact, either at the request of a court or at the request of a third party requiring a specialized opinion in the resolution of conflicts.
Legal reports are not binding, meaning that they may or may not be accepted by the parties.
The opinion is the result of a study made or carried out to an act or circumstance that has been presented on the basis of a pre-existing rule and that the same may or may not be accepted by the parties that have requested it.
It is committed to the authenticity, with the legal correctness, of its answer. And it assumes the commitment derived to demarcate or delimit the responsibilities that correspond to include in the text of the opinion the appropriate warnings, which may refer to the validity of the information or documents at the disposal of the appraiser, to the persons questioned, to the legislation or jurisprudence analyzed, to the authors or authorities taken into consideration.
Once these precautions have been instituted, the signatory of the opinion must commit himself, without hesitation, that the answer he presents is the legally correct answer; these are formulas that underline the commitment of the author of the opinion to the answer given, which he affirms as the correct legal answer and, as a result, he only submits to the one that is better founded in law.
How to make a legal report?
The formal layout of a legal opinion or report is absolutely free. The use currently in force in Spain (its use is not entirely fixed and changing) adopts a distribution in the placement of its contents, which can remain expressed in the following scheme:
A legal report has a structure that organizes the information in a coherent manner.
The sections that should appear are as follows:
Subject of the report.
Legal considerations, issues raised or documentation.