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#161785 - 08/26/06 01:54 PM pollicitation  
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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!


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#161786 - 08/26/06 02:02 PM Re: pollicitation  
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...and I don't think there's anywhere in the U.S. that you could be employed as a barrister.

#161787 - 08/29/06 06:31 PM Re: pollicitation  
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Why Jackie? Don't you got none?

#161788 - 08/29/06 06:49 PM Re: pollicitation  
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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 10:46 PM Re: pollicitation  
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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 04:33 AM Re: pollicitation  
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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.


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#161791 - 10/19/06 11:05 PM Re: pollicitation  
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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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