Even in Plain English, Law Can Be Confusing If the Legal Jargon Gets Thrown in, Game Over

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When is the last time that you watched one of those court drama tv shows? The ones where the actors spend the majority of the episode in court, yelling at each other and using word play just to solve the problems of their clients? You know the shows that I am talking about. Yeah, they are trite and cookie cutter, and real court is never nearly that exciting. That, and you can understand what the lawyers are saying most of the time in those shows. Those television shows use a sort of dumbed down law terminology just so the viewers can follow and understand what is going on.

If you have ever read any sort of bill, or even a petition to be sent to your state senator, you have seen law terms and legal terminology that can make your eyes cross and then glaze over. And I truly believe that that is one of the main reasons why more people do not get involved in politics, or even care about politics at all aside from claiming “I am Republican” or “I am Democrat”. Because the legal terms create too much of a gap, and it is virtually impossible to understand anything that is going on.

That is why, if you have any interest at all in law or politics, even on a town sized level, it is good to know where to go for simple explanations of law terminology. There are a variety of websites available that one can use to delve into law without getting a headache trying to translate the unnecessarily convoluted law terminology. Even if you do not want to get involved in any way, sometimes you may need the resource just to understand the news.

Regardless of your level of involvement, it is a good idea to know where to look should you ever need the resource. After all, every single time you sign a contract, there is legalese there that could cause innumerable hours of confusion. Whether it is something like the 80 pages of the iTunes terms and conditions, a lease for an apartment, paperwork for a new car, or the will for Grandpa Juan, you should always know what you are putting your signature to. Once that contract is signed, you are legally bound to it. You do not want to be caught unprepared about something, just because you did not know what one or two terms meant.

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