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Old 08-26-2010, 10:24 PM
CookingWithGas CookingWithGas is offline
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IANAL but I took an in-house course in contracts when I was a project manager at a big consulting firm. "Shall" means that the party is obligated by the contract to perform the action. "Will" is used to describe something that is expected to occur but is not required to occur by the contract; it may refer to a party who is not a party to the contract at all.

Their use in legislation may be different.