1001 Legal Words You Need to Know

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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 with a sample sentence, and many entries have supplementary notes. In addition, the book includes a number of quick miniguides to legal troubleshooting that include information on understanding wills, trusts, and inheritance, granting ...

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Overview

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 with a sample sentence, and many entries have supplementary notes. In addition, the book includes a number of quick miniguides to legal troubleshooting that include information on understanding wills, trusts, and inheritance, granting someone the 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195165036
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Preface v
Introduction ix
Using This Dictionary xiii
Pronunciation Key xv
1001 Legal Words You Need to Know 1
Choosing a Lawyer 18
How to Understand a Contract 58
The Common Law and the Civil Law 77
Making a Living Will 87
What is a Power of Attorney? 108
Thinking About Law School 127
What is Legal Ethics? 138
What to Do if You're Being Sued 173
Understanding Wills, Trusts, and Intestate Succession 197
Watching Lawyer Shows 205
Legal Aid Organizations 215
Further Reading 235
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