Timelines represent time or duration, a series of steps or processes taking place within a given timeframe, or a sequence of events.
It is not always practical to use words only to describe key events or their sequence; for example, it may not be clear how long prices or terms remain valid or when a contract expires, if and when notice needs to be given, etc
Timelines are useful for clauses that specify duration (such as contract term or a notice or warranty period), list milestones, to-do’s, or deadlines (e.g., delivery, payment, or reporting schedules), or describe steps, tasks, or processes (for example, to give notice to terminate the agreement, make a claim, or perform an audit).
Timelines help explain processes by illustrating the steps that need to be taken, when, and in what order. Presenting actions, requirements, or deadlines in chronological order makes sense to readers, as it mirrors their lived experience: they can see at a glance what will or is expected to happen in the future, and what course of action they need to take. It can also be used to show dependencies or preconditions, for example, which party is expected to perform first.
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