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The Party of the First Part: The Curious World of Legalese

Freedman, Adam

Verlag: Henry Holt and Co., 2007
ISBN 10: 0805082239 / ISBN 13: 9780805082234
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Titel: The Party of the First Part: The Curious ...

Verlag: Henry Holt and Co.

Erscheinungsdatum: 2007

Einband: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: The "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" of legalese, this witty narrative journey through the letter of the law exposes the simple laws lurking behind decorative, unnecessary, and confusing legal language. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0805082239

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Inhaltsangabe: The Eats, Shoots & Leaves of legalese, this witty narrative journey through the letter of the law offers something for language lovers and legal eagles alike   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.)

Über den Autor: 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, among others. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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