Use more white space; consider columns
Whether it’s a settlement agreement in PDF, a commercial lease on paper, or a terms-of-service agreement on a website, contracts are a diverse class of documents. Therefore, my typographic advice is more a principle than a prescription.
Let’s move past the self-serving myth that typography in contracts doesn’t matter because people must read them. Wrong. As I said in why does typography matter, readers are always looking for the exit. So the most we can say is that people are supposed to read contracts. As writers, we can encourage them. But can we force them? No way.
In fact, it would be wiser for drafters to assume that most contracts go unread. Why? Because no one wants to read a contract. And most contracts are poorly designed. Therefore, it doesn’t matter that people must read them. At best, they’re reading opportunistically. At worst, not at all.
For instance, the other day, a certain music service made me promise that I had read their 20,551-word contract—3,276 in all caps —before I could buy a $1.29 song. What do you think I actually did? Right. What would you do? The same thing. And everyone else? They’re no different.