To write plainly, avoid the legalistic hereinafter. Possible alternatives include from this point on or subsequently.
- Legalistic: Mr. Jones will hereinafter be referred to as the defendant.
- Plain: From this point on, Mr. Jones will be referred to as the defendant.
In many instances, the best solution is simply to omit the word hereinafter.
- Legalistic: The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (hereinafter DFO) agrees to support the lighthouse restoration program.
- Plain: The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) agrees to support the lighthouse restoration program.
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