“The minute you read something that you can’t understand, you can almost be sure that it was drawn up by a lawyer. ” ― Will Rogers
We all know law is complicated and to make it more complex, there are some legal terms that are hard to figure out. Lawyers studied years to master passages of law and for non-lawyers, it’s all just a blur.
Well, one thing that we could do though is to learn some basic legal terms that could somehow make your more knowledgeable about legal people are talking about. Here are 7 legal terms that everyone should know:
Credibility is defined as the ability to appear trustworthy and believable when you’re trying to tell your side of the story. It’s really important in any type of lawsuit especially when two sides are telling different stories.
Discovery is the process where both sides file some certain papers requesting the other side to provide information related to the case. Requests should be fulfilled within 30 days.
Damages directly translate to the amount of money that a client recovers in a lawsuit. It can be specified into different categories such as economic damages(e.g lost profit) and non-economic damages (e.g. emotional distress).
This refers to the person who filed the lawsuit, seeking to recover damages for a wrongdoing done by a defendant. Sometimes, they refer it also as the claimant.
This refers to the person who is defending himself/herself in a lawsuit. Most of the time, we define the defendant as the person accused of wrongdoing.
It’s a process where the court prevents a party from advancing claims because of the fact that the party failed to meet one of the requirements.
To testify means to provide a statement under oath. This is when credibility plays a major role in whether the testimony was believable or not.