Regarding/in regard to/with regard to/as regards

Terms like regarding, in regard to, with regard to and as regards are not quite incorrect, but they are so overused that they fall into the category of lawyers’ jargon. They can usually be eliminated or replaced with “about.”

Typical example:

Defendant expects Calder to testify (and be cross-examined) regarding his discovery of the accident scene.

Change to:

Defendant expects Calder to testify (and be cross-examined) about his discovery of the accident scene.

Also, when used at the beginning of a sentence, any of the “regard” family buries the action. Delete the “regard” term and, if necessary, reword the sentence—your prose will improve.

With regard to Radcliffe’s claim that she did not in fact discover her cause of action before March 2002, the clear authority of the law of this state provides that it is what she should have discovered that matters, not what she did discover.

Change to:

Radcliffe says that she did not discover her cause of action before March 2002. But in this state what matters is what she should have discovered—not what she did discover.

Finally, “in regards to” or “with regards to” is always wrong; delete the s.

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