Aug 29, 2018
At what point is it no longer appropriate for government officials to hide behind sovereign immunity in order to get away with committing crimes? Check out a recent abuse of power story involving Alabama sheriffs pocketing funds earmarked to feed inmates leaving inmates underfed and/or fed unfit food.
What is sovereign immunity?
“Sovereign immunity is a legal doctrine that protects a sovereign body (ie, the federal or state government and their respective agencies) from being … Read more
Jul 30, 2018
We are delighted to announce that we have once again partnered with The Geezer Gallery, a nonprofit art organization featuring juried artwork created by local artists aged 60 and above, to exhibit works of art in our offices. The initial installation was a hit and the second installation is now complete! Come visit our offices to view art pieces from featured artist Melody Cleary, a painter and papers artist:
Featured artist Tekoah Buchanan, a … Read more
Jul 24, 2018
Legal assistants have chosen a career where time is always of the essence. We understand that the matters we work on daily are often among the most important problems that will occur in our clients’ lives. Everything in our work world comes with strict deadlines and a lot of pressure to get it done right, on time and without unnecessary expense to clients. In a word, we deal with loads of stress every single day.… Read more
May 25, 2018
The Latin term “per se” peppers many conversations though it is often used incorrectly.
The literal translation of per se is “by itself”; however, many Americans use it as a synonym for “quite” and “exactly”. The phrase is so misused that it has won an entry in Urban Dictionary. When utilized correctly the phrase pinpoints a single element of a larger thing, e.g., I didn’t enjoy the movie per se, but the cinematography was … Read more
May 18, 2018
The terms “et al.”, “etc.” and “inter alia” are similar, though different in meaning.
Et al. is an abbreviation for et alia (neutral), et alii (masculine) or et aliae (feminine). When translated from Latin, it means “and others”. Etc. is an abbreviation for et cetera (commonly written without the space in English), translated from Latin as “and the rest”. The literal Latin translation for inter alia is “among other things”.
Et al. is used at … Read more
May 17, 2018
One of the readers of my previous article commented: “While I don’t know everything, I do know what I know.” Despite my admission that legal assistants don’t know everything related to law, there are circumstances in which we do know everything.
Legal assistants are the detailers of the legal profession. We make the attorney’s vision of their solution to a client’s problem come to fruition. We get ‘er done.
Many attorneys only understand their part … Read more
May 1, 2018
A Latin legal term that pops up in headlines fairly frequently is “habeas corpus”.
Habeas corpus is a legal procedure to keep the government from indefinitely detaining someone without showing cause. The literal Latin translation for habeas corpus is you shall have the body.
Any person can petition the court to issue a writ of habeas corpus ordering the detainer to present the detainee in court along with proof justifying why the detainee should continue … Read more
Apr 17, 2018
Today, April 17, is National Haiku Day – let us all break out our pencils and pay homage to the Japanese art form! Without further ado, here is mine (with tongue solidly in cheek):
Snakes, spiders, rats, wolves
Slither, creepy, dirty, sly
The den of lawyers
Don’t worry, I plan on sticking to my day job.
© 4/17/2018 Heather M. Carr of Hunt & Associates, P.C. All rights reserved.… Read more
You may have heard the Latin terms “pro se” and/or “pro per” tossed about when discussing who someone is legally represented by.
Pro se is a term utilized in the court system to refer to someone who has opted to represent himself. Translated from Latin it means on one’s own behalf. Pro per is used in the courtroom interchangeably with pro se and is an abbreviation for the Latin term “in propria persona” which means … Read more
Apr 13, 2018
DID YOU KNOW?
During Prohibition, it was still absolutely legal to consume alcohol; it was only illegal to manufacture, sell or transport “intoxicating liquors” according to the 18th Amendment which was passed in January 1919. The amendment didn’t go into effect until January 1920 so early American “preppers” could stockpile their liquor(s) of choice. The entire debacle came to a close with the 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933 but not before some … Read more