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Irreconcilable differences between attorney and client?

What type of irreconcilable differences might exist between an attorney and client to cause the attorney to withdraw from a divorce case? Is this code language for not paying attorney fees or is it ...
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What is the origin and history of the term “grand theft auto”?

This comes from an English Language Lerner's Stack Exchange question, the current answers to which are lacking in historical/legal analysis of the term. What is the origin of the legal phrase "grand ...
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Is everything in a contract really a term or warranty?

In another question it was claimed that everything in a contract is a term or warranty. It has got to be more complicated than that. For example is the title of the contract a term? Is the execution ...
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Equivalent of the Austrian “bedingt” and “unbedingt” in English law

What is the correct English legal translation of the words unbedingt and bedingt when referring to a court sentence? E.g.: Jemand wurde zu vier Monaten bedingt verurteilt. (Roughly: Sombeody was ...
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What does the term “Probable cause” mean?

I know what probable cause is and how it is used in law/law enforcement. But what does the actual term "probable cause" mean? In a sentence where it is used like "The drug dog's alert gave me ...
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Are only citizens “at the time of the adoption of this Constitution” eligible to be President?

While reading this answer, I noticed some odd wording in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution (emphasis mine): No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at ...
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Google Maps Terms of Service

I came across a section of the Google Maps Terms of Service (link) that confuses me. I am currently developing a phone app and would like to use Google Maps. Is this section saying that Google owns my ...
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Is the phrasing in a lease important? e.g. “not allowed” vs “must not” vs “shall not”

I asked the question about legalese and it seems the important part is that the parties' intents are communicated clearly. I've noticed in property leases there are quite a few different styles of ...
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Is “legalese” necessary?

I've noticed large corporations use language in their legal documents that sounds very different than how a normal person would speak. Is there a point to using legalese or is old fashioned plain ...
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How to construe terms of a license agreement?

I read a license agreement and it seems the following part is vague: Without prejudice to any statutory rights so to do, you must not reproduce or alter any of the software or any associated ...
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Counterfeit vs. pirated goods

What is the difference if any between pirated, contraband and counterfeit goods? "Smugglers usually smuggle contraband into and out of a country for commercial gain" a shipping line can as well be ...
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Difference between subletting, assigning and subleasing?

When a person signs something agreeing to rent a space for a given amount of time, what's the difference between the person subletting, assigning and subleasing the space? One particular thing I'm ...
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Terminology for contracts in multiple Languages

My company is having contracts drafted in both English and Japanese and we want to have the English version take priority over the Japanese. Is there a specific legal term for this structure?
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What is it called when a country's laws apply to its citizens outside the country?

Suppose that a European country X (e.g. Germany) has a law against adults sleeping with people under the age of 16. Such a law, in this instance, would apply to anyone in German territory. But ...
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What is a Kangaroo Court? [closed]

What is a Kangaroo Court? A kangaroo court is a judicial tribunal or assembly that blatantly disregards recognized standards of law or justice, and often carries little or no official standing ...