1001 Legal Words You Need to Know

1001 Legal Words You Need to Know : The Ultimate Guide to the Language of the Law

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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 usefulin 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195181336
  • 9780195181333
  • 402,867

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"A very good alternative for the layman who neither needs nor wants the thick and heavy standard legal dictionaries."-Catholic Library World "A dictionary useful everywhere from landlord-tenant court to the U.S. Supreme Court."-The Atlantic City Press "Ideal for students and general users who may need to look up the spelling, usage, or the definition of legal terms in plain English."-American Reference Book Annual 2004 "In a sense, the book is unique. Unlike a weighty tome, it is small, and handy. With a focus on the non-lawyer, it is simple, and direct-changing technical terms to comprehensible."-Global Law Review "In addition to defining the 1,001 headwords, Feinman uses his expertise and insight to interpret clearly, succinctly, and intelligibly ten legal problems often encountered by ordinary people (e.g., what is power of attorney; how to understand a contract, how to make a living will). Summing Up: Highly recommended."-Choiceshow more

About Jay M. Feinman

Jay M. Feinman is the author of Law 101 and Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law, Camden.show more

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