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Party of the First Part

The Curious World of Legalese

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The Party of the First Part: The Curious World of Legalese by Adam Freedman
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This clever, user-friendly discourse exposes the simple laws lurking behind decorative, unnecessary, and confusing legal language. For better or for worse, the instruction manual for today's world is written by lawyers. Everyone needs to understand this manual - but lawyers persist in writing it in language no one can possibly decipher. Why accuse someone of making "material misstatements of fact," when you could just call them a liar? What's the point of a "last" will and testament if, presumably, every will is your last? Did you know that "law" derives from a Norse term meaning "that which is laid down"? So tell your boss to stop laying down the law - it already is. The debate over Plain vs. Precision English rages on in courtrooms, boardrooms, and, yes, even bedrooms. Here, Adam Freedman explores the origins of legalese, interprets archaic phrasing (witnesseth!), explains obscure and oddly named laws, and disputes the notion that lawyers are any smarter than the rest of us when judged solely on their briefs. (A brief, by the way, is never so.)

Author Biography

Adam Freedman writes the "Legal Lingo" column for the "New York Law Journal Magazine," and was a litigator before joining a major investment bank where he earns his living decoding policies and procedures into plain English. He holds degrees from Yale, Oxford, and the University of Chicago and has written for "Newsweek International" and Slate.com, among others. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Release date NZ
September 24th, 2007
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Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Henry Holt & Company Inc
Pages
256
Dimensions
140x210x21
ISBN-13
9780805082234
Product ID
1822417

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