Legal definitions can be confusing without the proper attorney. What separates an act of God from human negligence? The definitions can murky, especially if you are wading into rough legal waters.
Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)- An ‘Act of God’ is typically defined as something that is beyond human control. Hurricanes, snowstorms, tornados could be considered an act of God but the structural damage that results may be a different story. Attorney John Dorsey of the Rapid City, South Dakota law firm Whiting, Hagg, Hagg, Dorsey and Hagg, LLP, can help guide you through the maze of terms and scenarios.
The courts are consistently inconsistent when it comes to ruling on what is an ‘Act of God,’ according to a recent article that appeared in the website Blackhillsportal.com. The situation can become even more complex as people deal with insurance adjusters and contracts that seem to be written in a language other than English.
Speaking of that, there is a trend among some lawyers to use language that is more concise and user friendly. To help prod this process along is a website called Partyofthefirstpart.com, which takes a satirical, yet, helpful view of legalese.
Check out the page titled ‘The legalese hall of shame’ for some hilarious examples of ‘heretofores’ and other cryptic collisions of legal mumbo jumbo. Along with the laughs are useful examples that explain what common legal terms mean.
While this website should not be substituted for the advice of a licensed attorney, it’s sure to provide some laughs as you navigate the sometimes-perplexing alphabet soup of legal terminology.