Legal Terminology

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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A huge amount of legal information is contained within this compact and orderly book. All legal terms are easy-to-find and up-to-date, and the book includes definitions, pronunciation, and easily understood explanations. Structured into short, easily digested chapters,Legal Terminology presents the fundamentals of the principal areas of the law, including: terms used in criminal law, tort law, contract law, personal property and agency law, practice and procedure law, will and estate law, trust law, family law, law of negotiable instruments, and business organization law. An excellent reference work for lawyers, legal secretaries, paralegals, legal assistants, and court personnel.

Table of Contents

Practice and Procedure
Court Systems and Jurisdiction
Criminal Trial Procedure
Civil Trial Procedure
Defensive Pleadings
Methods of Discover
Pretrial Hearing and Jury Trial
Steps in a Trial
Terms Used in Criminal Law
Crimes, Accomplices, and Defenses
Crimes Against Property
Crimes Against the Person and Human Habitation
Crimes Against Morality and Drug Abuse
Terms Used in Law of Torts
Torts and Tortfeasors
Intentional Torts
Negligence and Product Liability
Terms Used in Law of Contracts
Formation of Contracts
Contract Requirements
Third Parties and Discharge of Contracts
Terms Used in Law of Personal Property and Agency
Personal Property and Bailments
Itellectual Property
Law of Agency
Terms Used in Law of Wills and Estates
Wills, Testaments and Advance Directives
Revocation, Lapses, and Ademption
Principle Clauses in a Will
Disineritance and Intestacy
Personal Representative of the Estate
Settling an Estate
Terms Used in Law of Real Property
Estates in Real Property
Multiple Ownership of Real Property
Acquiring Title to Real Property
Recording System
Airspace and Water Rights
Easements, Restrictions, and Zoning Regulations
Landlord and Tenant
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Legal Terminology, Fourth Edition,is written with the best interests of the student in mind. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of legal terminology through the study of law itself and on using legal terminology in many different ways rather than relying solely on learning through rote memory. Short, easy-to-understand chapters written in a manner designed to capture student interest continue to be a highlight of the text. The law with its unique terminology is presented in short segments, followed by many activities that enable students to work with scores of legal terms and concepts. At the end of each chapter, students answer questions about the subject matter in a section entitled "Reviewing What you Learned." A segment called "Understanding Legal Concepts" allows students to check their understanding of legal theory. Next, students confirm their knowledge by completing a "Checking Terminology" assignment, followed by a project in "Using Legal Language." Finally, for reinforcement, students puzzle over what they learned by completing a crossword brainteaser. New Features In addition to keeping abreast of changes in the law, this edition ofLegal Terminologyhas many new features. Each chapter begins with a question intended to whet the students' appetite by testing them on the meaning of a legal term or concept before they study the chapter. The list of key terms that begins each chapter now includes the phonetic pronunciations of many terms. Similarly, the comprehensive "Glossary of Legal Terms" at the end of the text includes the same phonetic pronunciations. A new feature called "Web Wise" has been added to assist students with Internet research, and eye-catching etchings from the Library of Congress supplement Wiley'sNon Sequiturcartoons to help spark student interest. The number of legal terms presented in this edition exceeds 1,400. Newly discussed topics include the stop and frisk rule, the castle doctrine, e-signature, e-commerce, DNA evidence, the ripeness doctrine, plenary jurisdiction, medical directives and health care declarations, slayer statutes, simultaneous death rules, incorporation by reference, degrees of kindred, homestead laws, the gift tax, moiety, usufruct, and covenant marriage. Teaching and Learning Resources The Legal Terminology program is supported by an online course materials available through www.prenhall.com/legal-studies. This web site contains information relevant to all areas of law. Features include: Legal Series Newsletter Keep up with the trends in the legal profession. New cases, changing laws, and industry trends affect a paralegal's research and decision-making process. Legal Resources There are many resources available in the legal field that will assist you with your legal studies. We offer several options to help you begin your search to find additional information. Ask the Expert Talk with REAL PEOPLE about the Legal Field. Study Hall Provides tools for student use in getting through legal coursework as well as specific practice and materials related to the curriculum. Educators Consortium This section is just for instructors and is access code protected. The Instructor's Manual includes a complete test bank and furnishes the answers to all chapter questions and end-of-chapter exercises.

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