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Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem Posted on Jul 29

Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem

  Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is “ guardian ad litem” Guardian ad litem  (ad Li-tem) (18c) A guardian, usu. a lawyer, appointed by the court to appear   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem

What’s a Usufruct? Posted on Mar 9

What's a Usufruct?

Reading a case from 1884 the other day, Moulton v. Newburyport Water Company, 137 Mass. 163, we came upon the following: “The petitioners contended that they had the right to dispose of all the waters running in the brook, as there were no lower owners   …Continue Reading What’s a Usufruct?

It’s all Greek to me, or, Of Frogs and Mice Posted on Feb 2

It's all Greek to me, or, Of Frogs and Mice

The tendency of lawyers to obfuscate their meaning by using complex and unfamiliar verbiage was discussed in an earlier blog post, Plain language and the law.  Usually, lawyers have been accused of using difficult language as a way of separating themselves from, so as to   …Continue Reading It’s all Greek to me, or, Of Frogs and Mice