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What Is Legalese? New FindLaw Series Puts It Into Plain English

By Brett Snider, Esq. on July 23, 2014 7:41 AM

Legalese From A to Z - FindLaw

Do you speak legalese? Or better yet, can you read it? Probably not, but after a few weeks with FindLaw's new series, you may have to change your answer.

In case you missed it, FindLaw's Law and Daily Life blog just launched a new series, "Legalese From A to Z," to give our readers a free crash course on the quixotic terms that lawyers love and consumers loathe.

Here's a sneak peak of some "Legalese" features you can look forward to:

If It's Sunday, It's Free Legalese Lessons

Get ready for your lazy Sundays to become a bit less lazy. No, you won't have to get up -- you can just sit back with your laptop or tablet and bone up on your legal vocab. "Legalese From A to Z" will post every Sunday with a new group of legalese gems, going alphabetically from A to Z.

For those who aren't stellar at math (or legalese), that means 26 posts breaking down some of the most daunting legal terms into everyday language. Consider us a free weekend source of continuing education.

This Isn't Our First Legalese Rodeo...

Devoted FindLaw readers may remember that Law and Daily Life once had a series entitled "Legalese 101," covering a variety of legal terms from mens rea to quid pro quo. "Legalese From A to Z" will not only pick up where this classic series left off, but we plan to provide you with more than five times the content!

How's that, you say? Why by providing not one, not two, but five legalese definitions per installment. We know A is for more than just "apple" or "asportation," and soon you will too.

School's Out, but We've Already Begun

School may not be back in session for another few weeks, but it's never too late to increase your fluency in legalese. Luckily, our first installment of "Legalese From A to Z" -- 5 Legal Terms Beginning With "A" -- landed on Sunday. And spoiler alert for those unfamiliar with the Roman alphabet: Legalese terms beginning with "B" are coming up next.

So don't get tongue-tied around legalese, check out FindLaw's new blog series "Legalese From A to Z" and you'll be fluent in no time.

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