1001 Legal Words You Need to Know
1001 Legal Words You Need to Know explains and illuminates the most difficult and arcane vocabulary any American has to deal with--that of the law. This comprehensive--but never condescending--guide to the language of the American legal system carefully defines and explains every term, and many entries have supplementary notes and a sample sentence. These notes include information about grammar associated with certain terms, as well as an etymology section useful in finding the linguistic origins of each term. American and British spellings are differentiated (license vs. licence), as are singular and plural forms (dictum vs. dicta).
In addition, the book includes a number of quick mini-guides to legal troubleshooting that include information on understanding wills, trusts, and inheritance, granting someone a power of attorney, understanding contracts, what to do if you're sued, how to choose a lawyer, exploring law school, and enjoying cop and lawyer dramas. The backmatter contains an extensive list of legal aid organizations and a helpful bibliography of books about the law and lawyers for further reading.
Written for everyday people who only want to know "the basics," 1001 Legal Words You Need To Know is the perfect size and scope for anyone trying to see through the jargon of the American legal system.
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1001 LEGAL WORDS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Choosing a Lawyer
How to Understand a Contract
The Common Law and the Civil Law
Making a Living Will
What is a Power of Attorney?
Thinking About Law School
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1001 LEGALWORDS abbr agreement Anglo-Norman French attrib authority based on Latin Brit charge civil claim clause commit contract convicted court of law crime criminal custody damages debt decision defendant DERIVATIVES document early 17th cent ekôrt evidence formal French from Latin Germanic origin guilty intrans judge judgment judicial jury land late 16th cent late Latin late Middle English law school lawsuit lawyer Legal Aid Society Legal Services Corporation LEGALWORDS YOU NEED legislative literally medieval Latin ment mid 16th cent Middle English denoting murder NEED TO KNOW noun offense officer Old French one’s ORIGIN early 17th ORIGIN late 16th ORIGIN late Middle ORIGIN mid 16th ORIGIN Middle English ORIGIN Old English party past participle payment person PHRASES plaintiff police power of attorney related to Dutch rules sense sentence someone Street P.O. Box Suite tion trans trial trust typically verb witness writ