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Legalese — The First Amendment

05/21/2022 Lori Duff 0

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, […]


Powers of Attorney, Wills, and Trusts

03/12/2022 Lori Duff 0

When people come to me for estate planning, they have some idea that powers of attorney, wills, and trusts are involved.  They usually aren’t sure what the difference is between them, or, they have some […]


Legalese — Arbitration

02/06/2022 Lori Duff 0

Most of us have heard the word ‘arbitration’ at some point, but not everyone is sure about what it is.  Arbitration is a type of alternative dispute resolution, like mediation, but the neutral third party […]

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Legalese — Why Legitimate?

01/29/2022 Lori Duff 0

Whatever our political divide, we can all agree on one thing: babies are cute.  Babies make people smile, and are a physical reminder that whatever happens, life goes on.  Babies are life going on.  Unfortunately, […]


Legalese — Driving in the Snow

01/16/2022 Lori Duff 0

I learned how to drive in New York, where snow was something that you expected every winter.  People knew what to do.  Here in Georgia, where it only snows every few years, and rarely more […]


Legalese — Mens Rea

11/01/2021 Lori Duff 0

Mens Rea is one of my favorite Latin legal terms.  It means, literally, “criminal mind.”  That’s such a great image – it brings forth a picture of a brain that is itself criminal, wearing black […]


Legalese — Mandatory Vaccinations

10/03/2021 Lori Duff 0

These days there is a lot of confusing information on the internet and social media.  The fact that we are still in a pandemic that affects public policy only highlights the problem. One of the […]


Legalese — Amending the Constitution

09/18/2021 Lori Duff 0

Friday, September 17, 2021 was Constitution Day this year, as is every September 17th of every year.  September 17th is Constitution Day because that is the day that it was signed by the constitutional delegates.  […]

Porch Pirates

Legalese — Porch Pirates

09/05/2021 Lori Duff 0

There’s a lot of trust that goes on with mail.  Most of us do not have locked mailboxes.  The post office drops off stuff in a box at the bottom of our driveways, or leaves […]


Legalese — Take Out Alcohol

08/22/2021 Lori Duff 0

If nothing else, the COVID-19 Pandemic has resulted in the creativity and cooperation of the legislature to create solutions to problems that didn’t previously exist, or maybe only existed on much smaller scales.  Although services […]

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