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#161785 - 08/26/06 09:54 AM pollicitation
murraystone Offline

Registered: 09/05/05
Posts: 5
Loc: Alberta, Canada
What a great legal word! In contract law, students follow a process that starts with a preliminary suggestion (a so-called "invitation to treat", followed by an offer and finally acceptance. If other preconditions are satisfied, the result is a legally enforceable promise: a contract. What was missing was a word for an offer that had been communicated but not yet accepted.

How quickly "pollicitation" insinuates itself into the vocabulary of contract law specialists will be a measure of the popularity of the Wordsmith list in the profession!
Murray Stone, Westerose, Alberta

#161786 - 08/26/06 10:02 AM Re: pollicitation
Jackie Offline

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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11613
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
...and I don't think there's anywhere in the U.S. that you could be employed as a barrister.

#161787 - 08/29/06 02:31 PM Re: pollicitation
Zed Offline

Registered: 08/27/02
Posts: 2154
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Why Jackie? Don't you got none?

#161788 - 08/29/06 02:49 PM Re: pollicitation
Sparteye Offline

Registered: 01/05/01
Posts: 1773

Why Jackie? Don't you got none?

Nope. "Barrister" is, as my Webster's says, chiefly British. Is the term Canadian, too?

A barrister, in the UK, is a lawyer admitted to present cases to a court. The function is bifurcated from the role of attorney and counselor as to legal matters out of court.

In the US, the functions are performed by the same person. A person licensed as a lawyer in the 50 may represent people in court, as well as advise them as to other legal matters. The term "barrister" is not used.

#161789 - 08/29/06 06:46 PM Re: pollicitation
Zed Offline

Registered: 08/27/02
Posts: 2154
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
We're missing one. Oh yes,
"Wall, ffilbert and Brazil, Barristers and Solicitors"
Do solicitors go to court or just do the wills, property etc? Agatha's novels never spelt it out.

#161790 - 08/30/06 12:33 AM Re: pollicitation
Bingley Offline
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Posts: 3065
Loc: Jakarta
It used to be the case that solicitors just did wills, property and give general advice, but I believe the situation has changeed since Agatha shuffled off this mortal coil and solicitors can now appear in the lower courts.

#161791 - 10/19/06 07:05 PM Re: pollicitation
Father Steve Offline
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Registered: 09/06/00
Posts: 2788
Loc: Seattle, Washington, USA
One used to say that one could distinguish a barrister from a solicitor by their location: barristers were in court and solicitors were in the office. This might be an antique distinction.


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