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Legalese — Going to Court

07/29/2018 Lori Duff 0

I am always surprised how unprepared people seem when they come to court, especially when they don’t have a good lawyer to advise them.  Then again, having had a quarter century’s worth of experience in […]

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Legalese — What is Money?

07/16/2018 Lori Duff 0

What is money? Seems like a simple question, right?  Money is your bank balance.  Money is the paper bills in your wallet.  Money is the coins you find between your sofa cushions and under your […]

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Legalese — DDS2go

07/02/2018 Lori Duff 0

When one thinks of the Department of Drivers’ Services, as a general rule, one does not immediately then think the word “efficient” or “user friendly.”  And yet, sometimes, that’s exactly what Georgia’s DDS is. Enter […]

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Legalese — Roadblocks

06/16/2018 Lori Duff 0

Every once in a while, you can be driving along, minding your own business and following every traffic law, and still be legally stopped by the police.  This type of stop can be called a […]

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Legalese: Right-of-way

05/20/2018 Lori Duff 0

Most people know the basic rules of traffic, and what the basic signs mean. However, I have been asked from time to time about the concept of “right of way.” This concept not only regulates […]

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Legalese — New Cell Phone Law

04/22/2018 Lori Duff 0

Most of us have had an experience on the road wherein we have seen someone driving erratically, weaving across lanes, or going crazy slow or fast, and then noticed that they were paying attention to […]

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Legalese — How a Bill Becomes Law

04/08/2018 Lori Duff 0

Those of us over 40 who fondly remember “Schoolhouse Rock” have some basic idea of how a bill becomes a law.  “I’m just a bill, sitting here on Capital Hill….”  Remember that guy?  If you […]

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Legalese — Garnishment

03/24/2018 Lori Duff 0

Most of us have heard the phrase “garnish your wages” and have some vague idea about what that means. You probably know it has something to do with someone taking your paycheck from you, but […]

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Legalese — If a Tree Falls….

02/24/2018 Lori Duff 0

If a tree falls in the yard, whose problem is it?  More to the point, whose homeowner’s insurance has to cover the damage? The answer, as in most things legal, is, “Depends.” Generally speaking, the […]

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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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