Blogs

Selling Paradise

07/23/2017 Lori Duff 0

I have to sell a little piece of paradise, and I’m hoping you will help me.  I mean, I don’t have to have to, I’m not a desperate seller, but it doesn’t make sense for […]

Legalese

Legalese — Involuntary Intoxication

07/16/2017 Lori Duff 0

There are a lot of criminal offenses that require mens rea.  Mens rea is a Latin term that literally means, “guilty mind.”  It is used in law to describe a state of mind in which you knew what you were doing.   […]

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Drinking on the Job

07/10/2017 Lori Duff 0

My husband and I have had a long standing argument about whether or not I am a cheap date.  He swears I am.  I wasn’t convinced.  The problem, I joked, was that he was comparing […]

Legalese

Legalese — Fighting Words

07/08/2017 Lori Duff 0

Georgia is not alone in that it has a statute which prohibits people from using “fighting words.”  But what are fighting words, exactly? It is defined in O.C.G.A. §16-11-39(3) under ‘disorderly conduct’ this way: “A […]

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Customer No-Service

07/06/2017 Lori Duff 0

I work in a law office.  And, working in a law office, we get more calls from the jail than your average business that isn’t a bail bondsman might.  In fact, getting calls from the […]

Legalese

Legalese — Citizens Arrest!

07/03/2017 Lori Duff 0

“Citizen’s Arrest!”  We’ve all heard that term on TV and in the movies – but is it really a thing?  In Georgia it is. O.C.G.A. §17-4-60 says that a “private person may arrest an offender […]

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Ghost Tour

06/26/2017 Lori Duff 0

I found myself in Savannah, GA for a work conference and, because this sort of thing is what passes for a vacation for my family, I dragged them all along.  They entertained themselves during the […]

Legalese

Legalese — Stop Signs

06/25/2017 Lori Duff 0

A stop sign is so familiar looking that even a child who is too young to read can recognize the red octagon for what it is.  However, my experience as a Municipal Court Judge tells […]

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I Hate My Son

06/19/2017 Lori Duff 0

It’s probably wrong on a fundamental level for me to be so insanely jealous of my own child that I kind of hate him a little bit.  Jacob, whose friends are clearly of a higher […]

Legalese

Legalese — Jaywalking

06/18/2017 Lori Duff 0

Jaywalking is another of those legal terms that people bandy about without knowing the technical definition.  It goes hand in hand with the phrase “pedestrians have the right of way.”  So when do pedestrians really […]

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There’s a Salad in my Bathroom

06/13/2017 Lori Duff 0

    One of the most interesting things about being a parent is how often you find yourself saying things that you never thought you’d say.  There are plenty of sentences that have flown out of […]

Legalese

Legalese — Habeas Corpus

06/12/2017 Lori Duff 0

Habeas Corpus is one of those legal terms that most people seem to have heard of at some point, but can’t quite define.  They know it has something to do with someone being arrested, and […]

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Wonder Woman

06/07/2017 Lori Duff 0

It should surprise absolutely no one who has met me for more than 20 minutes that I went to see the new Wonder Woman movie the minute I was able, which was actually the day […]

Legalese

Legalese — Emojis and the Law

06/03/2017 Lori Duff 0

Last week I wrote about how spouting off on Facebook could be a potential felony.  This week, I’d like to get into another odd subject dealing with social media and emails – emojis. It’s hard […]

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Mr. Talky

05/30/2017 Lori Duff 0

I boarded the plane with the dread I always feel when required to sit next to strangers.  Who will be next to me?  Do they have the same hygiene standards as me?  Do they have […]

Calendar

2017 Boys & Girls Club 5k

05/24/2017 Lori Duff 0

This Saturday, May 27, 2017, marks the 9th Annual Walton County Boys & Girls Club 5k.  All proceeds from this event go to benefit the local Club. The course is flat and easy, and state […]

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Participation Awards Bingo

05/22/2017 Lori Duff 0

As the school year winds down, we find ourselves joyfully celebrating our children’s successes and patiently celebrating the successes of the other children in their classes that we might or might not know.  Yes, I’m […]

Legalese

Legalese — Separation of Powers

05/21/2017 Lori Duff 0

“Separation of Powers.”  It’s a phrase that you may or may not remember from your 7th grade social studies class when you (hopefully) learned basic civics.  But what does it really mean, and how does […]

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