I think I can understand them if I break them apart but I am confused when they are put together in a sentence.

Unless otherwise stated in this document - All conditions remain true unless it is stated differently in this document.

and - in conjunction with

Except as otherwise provided for herein -- I think it carries the same meaning as unless otherwise stated in this document?

herein - in this document

Does the sentence repeat itself or it means something else?


The two phrases are actually slightly different: the first (Except as stated in this document...) is interpreted as you suggest.

The second is not quite the same. A situation may be provided for herein by a ‘statement of incorporation’, e.g., there might be a statement that “all provisions described in the Agreement between A and B, signed on such-and-such date are hereby incorporated into this document”. The document does not state in this document that a particular condition has changed, but the Agreement between A and B does so state, and by the statement of incorporation, therefore applies to the current document as if stated in it.

Both phrases are what are commonly called ‘legalese’. You should always ask a lawyer about interpretation, whether or not you feel certain you understand - English as used by the legal profession is NOT the same as ordinary everyday English.

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    I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV. Except for the advice to consult a lawyer, do not take any part of this answer as legal advice. – Jeff Zeitlin Jun 21 at 19:33

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