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Legalese — Farm Vehicles on the Roads

01/28/2018 Lori Duff 0

When you think of the term “farm vehicle,” what do you think of?  Tractors, maybe, or combines.  But not your garden variety ATV or four-wheeler.  Yet the Georgia Code has a different idea about what’s […]

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Legalese — Fire in a Theater

01/14/2018 Lori Duff 0

The recent false alarm in Hawaii, in which everyone was told that a ballistic missile was on its way and people should take shelter, made me think of the phrase “Shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded […]

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Legalese — Notaries

01/01/2018 Lori Duff 0

Often when we have to sign an important document, we have to have it signed in front of a Notary Public, or a “Notary.” What does this mean?  Why do you have to do this? […]

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Legalese — For the Love of Latin

12/17/2017 Lori Duff 0

The law is full of little Latin phrases, some of which are handy shorthand in every day life.  Following is a list of some of the most common and/or some of my favorites. Per Stirpes/Per […]

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Legalese — Respecting the Flag

10/08/2017 Lori Duff 0

There has been much talk recently about respect for the flag of the United States of America.  People have different ideas about what respect for the flag means, and what is and isn’t disrespectful.  Luckily, […]

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Legalese — Executive Orders

09/23/2017 Lori Duff 0

If you’ve lived in the United States in the past 12 months, and you’ve been paying the least bit of attention, it is difficult to imagine you haven’t heard the phrase “executive order.” So what […]

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LEGALESE — Funeral Processions

09/10/2017 Lori Duff 0

It is sadly true what they say – the only things inevitable in this life are death and taxes.  When death occurs, it is generally our custom to have a funeral, and along with a […]

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Open for Business

09/07/2017 Sharon Swanepoel 0

Washington, D.C. – Over the past few years, the State of Georgia has distinguished itself as a powerhouse for business with its growth of its manufacturing, film, and tourism industries. Among others, these trades are spurring […]

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Legalese — The Official State Dog

07/31/2017 Lori Duff 0

Georgia Laws are put together in a series of books called the “Official Code of Georgia Annotated,” or O.C.G.A. for short. Turns out that within the O.C.G.A. there are a number of other designations for […]

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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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