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Legalese — Roe v. Wade

05/18/2019 Lori Duff 0

In light of the recent signing of Georgia House Bill 481, otherwise known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” it is likely that lawsuits will be filed to challenge that bill.  You can read a copy of […]

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Legalese — Standards of Proof

05/04/2019 Lori Duff 0

Judging (no pun intended) from some of the conversations I’ve had with friends lately, the difference between the standards of proof between civil and criminal trials is something that is confusing to people who don’t […]

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Up In Smoke

04/27/2019 Lori Duff 0

For the most part – and I get that this makes me fortunate and privileged – I am well insured enough that a well-placed lightning bolt to a particularly flammable place on the roof of […]

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Legalese — Defamation of Character

03/09/2019 Lori Duff 0

When people put negative reviews on Google or Yelp or other internet review services, or even go on Facebook rants about people or businesses, is that defamation?  What is defamation?  Can you get sued for […]

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Legalese — Rule of Law

01/12/2019 Lori Duff 0

“The rule of law” is another one of those phrases that gets thrown around on social media a lot these days by a lot of folks, some of whom seem to understand what it is, […]

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Legalese — Debtor’s Prison

11/18/2018 Lori Duff 0

A Court’s judgment, it is sometimes said, is worth no more than the paper it is written on.  Indeed, I have a bookcase full of judgments which, if I could collect on them, I could […]

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Legalese — Ambulance Chasers

10/07/2018 Lori Duff 0

There are any number of unpleasant nicknames that people have for lawyers, and one of the most common and easily recognized is “ambulance chaser.”  Ambulance chasing refers to the practice of lawyers, or their employees […]

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Legalese – Violation of Probation

09/09/2018 Lori Duff 0

In my last column, I wrote about the trend towards misdemeanor bail reform in the American Criminal Justice System.  Relatedly, there has been a lot of focus on misdemeanor probation.  This is not so much […]

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