What lawyers mean when they say ...

Sometimes lawyers are hard to understand because they are trying to discuss difficult things. But sometimes lawyers are hard to understand because they say things in a way that nobody else does.

Why? I don't know.

But I may be able to help interpret some of these. To get started, here are a few of my favorites:

  • Phrase: Govern yourself accordingly. 
    Translation: I’m a lawyer. Please don’t ignore me.

  • Phrase: Please find enclosed … / Enclosed for your consideration …
    Translation: In case you missed it, there's a document included with this letter.

  • Phrase: I am in receipt of your letter … 
    Translation: I got that letter you sent.

  • Phrase: There appears to be a misunderstanding about …
    Translation: You’re wrong.

  • Phrase: I’m confused about …
    Translation: You’re wrong.

  • Phrase: I’m not sure I understand …
    Translation: You’re wrong.

Like I said, these are just a few of my favorites. I'll add more as they come across my desk.

And if you want to send me some, I'll try to post them here. Send your crazy lawyer words to scott@sbfieldslaw.com. Thanks.

 The statements in this blog are generalities, and exceptions exist. And, as always, this post is not legal advice. If you have any questions about this information or about what to do when a loved one passes, please contact us.