ISBN : 9780195181333
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.
"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."—Choice -
"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 -
"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 -
Using This Dictionary
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
What is Legal Ethics?
What to Do if You’re Being Sued
Understanding Wills, Trusts, and Intestate Succession
Watching Lawyer Shows
Legal Aid Organizations