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Friday, April 20, 2012

Plain Language Legal Dictionary | Rocket Lawyer

In this dictionary, Rocket Lawyer defines thousands of common legal terms in simple, everyday language. Or, as Rocket Lawyer says, "We cut out the legalese so anyone can make sense of their agreements, contracts, and documents."

Some examples:
  • Damages: Compensation that the law awards to someone who has been injured or suffers a loss because of the action of another.Herein: An adverb referring to a certain phrase, sentence, clause, paragraph, or page in a document.
  • Liable: Legal responsibility; the obligation to do or not do something; an obligation to pay a debt; the responsibility to behave in a certain manner.
  • Offset: A claim made by an opposing party in a suit, such offset tending to cancel out the original claim of the plaintiff; a counterclaim.
  • Severable: The quality of being able to exist independently. A severable law is one that continues to hold even if one clause or provision is held not to be valid.
  • Vested: Something not subject to being taken away, such as vested rights; complete; settled; absolute; not dependent upon conditions, such as the complete, vested ownership of property.

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