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Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary [Format Kindle]

Attorney Gerald Hill

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Learn the language of the law, without the legalese!

Open the average law dictionary and chances are you'll feel more confused than before you read a word. Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary is different. From "abrogate" to "zero tape", we've cut down on the Latin and defined common (and some not-so-common) terms you can really use to understand and access the law.

Set aside those dusty, outdated law dictionaries! Written for the 21st century, this essential reference contains complete definitions of the legal terms you need today. If you're a law student, paralegal, accountant, small business owner or librarian -- anyone whose work or life touches the law -- this fully up-to-date A to Z guide puts access to the law into your hands.

Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary contains 3,800 plain-English legal definitions, including many newly coined terms you'll find online and off, such as "typosquatting" and "patent troll". Of course, if you need definitions for legal standards -- even when they're in Latin -- you'll find those here too. Plus, find a copy of the Constitution of the United States of America for your reference in the pages following the complete list of definitions.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 5175 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 505 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : B00EQZ8TH6
  • Editeur : NOLO; Édition : 1 (11 mai 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0053VLW4O
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good legal reference for the non-lawyer. 24 juin 2009
Par Alain B. Burrese - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary" by the Editors of Nolo, Gerald N. Hill and Kathleen Thompson Hill is promoted as, "This is `not' you grandfather's law dictionary." This law dictionary is written in clear English and contains compete definitions of legal terms you need today.

As an attorney, this book will not replace my "Black's Law Dictionary" which is the standard for legal dictionaries, but this lighter, plain-English text is very convenient to have on hand. For most people, this text is all they would need when wondering about a legal term.

To illustrate the differences in dictionaries, let's look at the word "partner." Most of us know what it means, and it is a common word that we use in business all the time. The definition in "Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary" is:

"One of the co-owners and investors in a partnership. Each partner claims a share of the the (sic) business's income or losses on the partner's individual tax return. General partners are responsible for the debts, contracts, and actions of all the partners in the business. Limited partners do not share responsibility for partnership debts and cannot share in management decisions." (Note that I found a typo in the definition noted with the (sic)).

"Black's Law Dictionary" provides much more under the listing of "partner."

"A member of partnership or firm; one who has united with others to form a partnership in business." The there are definitions for each of the following: Dormant partners, full or general partner, junior partner, limited partner, liquidating partner, nominal partner, ostensible partner, quasi partner, secret partner, silent partner, special partner, and surviving partner.

"Black's" contains much more than "Nolo's," but that is what you expect, and for most people who are not attorneys, "Black's" has much more than is needed, and is not as easy to understand as "Nolo's." The size and cost of the books is very different too. "Black's is a very large and heavy book, and much more expensive. "Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary" is smaller, paperback, easier to grab off the shelf or take with you, and costs less.

If you would like an easy to understand law dictionary, full of the most common terms non-lawyers will most likely need, this book will be a very good addition to your reference library.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of a regular column on negotiation for The Montana Lawyer.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 OK - Online Resources are Often Better 21 juin 2009
Par C. MacPhail - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is pretty good if you want to read it from A to Z, as a means of rounding out your legal vocabulary.

For word lookups, better to use [...] or [...] There is also an online version of this dictionary at Nolo's website.

I compared 20 Nolo definitions with those available on [...] and Wikipedia. The Nolo definitions are usually clear and helpful, but in most cases the [...] definitions were just as good. Most of the Wikipedia articles were superior.

The book's definitions vary a lot in length and quality. Most of them are 30-80 words. Many cover the legal meaning of a word that is different from its everyday meaning (cure, discovery, injury, probable cause). Most of them give a short tutorial on legal principles that surround the word (very helpful). Some definitions are unnecessary or unhelpful:

insured -- The person or entity who is covered by an insurance policy.
family -- A group of people related by consanguinity or affinity.
harass -- To engage in harassment.

Pronunciations are provided for some difficult words, but not others (like escheat, laches, nihil, veniremen).

It is 100% focused on U.S. law.

Sometimes a physical reference book is handy. But Nolo has not crafted this into a reference masterpiece.

Like a college student trying to puff up his term paper, Nolo has made the book about 40% larger and heavier than it needs to be. It has overly generous line spacing and more than a few pointless entries: (distinguish, income tax, legal, receipt, rent).

Over 200 amusing sidebars include quotes, anecdotes, and (legal theme) movie summaries. These will help you through it if reading the book from cover to cover.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Law Dictionary enables lawyers to speak like humans again! 23 avril 2010
Par Patricia Craven - Publié sur Amazon.com
Nolo's new Law Dictionary makes it possible for lawyers to speak the English language again! Legal professionals of all bents will be able to untangle their tongues, and speak understandably to their clients again! Law students, who are so very tempted to insert legalese into their daily conversations with family and friends, will be able once again to speak intelligently, articulately, and with meaning, by learning (or re-learning) NOLO's clear and concise definitions.

This tremendous dictionary is also something you could give to your clients! When learning the law is fun, it makes everyone more informed as consumers of legal services and products.

This great book changes the world!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Legal "Starter" Dictionary 24 juin 2009
Par Lynne E. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A lawyer, law student, or paralegal can never have too many law dictionaries! This one is a "starter dictionary", with simple, generalized definitions of terms that an individual might overhear or otherwise encounter while working around legal professionals. It's a dictionary to consult when you don't want to interrupt a conversation to ask what is being talked about.

However, the word selection is somewhat spotty. For example, the PKPA (Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act) and UCCJEA (Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act) are defined, but there is no mention of the equally important ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act). Also, there are definitions for "community property" and "separate property" but none for "transmutation" or "tracing". Many of the included terms aren't legal terms at all, at least not in the traditional sense. Examples of these are the Internet terms "phishing", "cybersquatting", and "dooced".

A major shortcoming of the dictionary is that many definitions are vague and wander off into discussions of related concepts. For example, "forum" is defined as: "The court in which a lawsuit is filed or in which a hearing or trial is conducted. The appropriate forum depends on which court has personal jurisdiction over the parties and the subject matter of the case." Some definitions don't quite hit the mark with me. For example, "BFP" is defined as: "Slang for bona fide purchaser." To me, the term is not slang, but an acronym in wide use. Perhaps the authors believed that "acronym" wasn't "plain English"--even though Google searches for texting terms like "BFF" will take you immediately to online dictionaries of acronyms.

For law students, the definitions are not precise enough. For example, "adverse possession" is defined, in part, as: "A means by which one can legally take another's property without paying for it," and goes on to say that the requirements usually include continuous and open use for a period of five years or more, and paying taxes. Black's Law Dictionary includes the additional information that law students will need, which is that acquisition of title by adverse possession requires nonpermissive use that is actual, open, notorious, exclusive, and adverse for a statutory period. Also, for persons representing themselves in court, the definitions are probably not precise enough.

An odd feature is the inclusion of short quotations, bits of legal trivia, and movie descriptions--identified respectively by drawings of a loudspeaker, a gavel, and a film canister. These items are scattered randomly throughout the dictionary. They are entertaining, but suggest that the dictionary doesn't take itself particularly seriously, given that they don't seem to illustrate any definitions on the pages where they appear.

In short, this dictionary is no substitute for a standard legal dictionary. The dictionary is useful for understanding legal terms in a general sort of way, and it may be helpful in unlocking the meaning of the definitions included in a standard legal dictionary. It also may prove to be enjoyable casual reading for prospective law students, legal buffs, and dictionary buffs like myself. This dictionary will go onto my bookshelf of legal dictionaries, but it definitely won't be the one that I reach for first.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excelent reference 26 juin 2009
Par Gaetan Lion - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Like the majority of Nolo books this is an excellent resource. I compared this law dictionary to Black's law dictionary, and it compared favorably. The language is clearer and simpler. Also, the print, the type set, and the whole layout of the book is aesthetically pleasing. The U.S. Constitution in the back is also a nice key legal reference. One more time, good job Nolo.

In this information age, a law dictionary is a pretty essential tool to have. And, this one will do the job just fine.
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