Legal Disclaimer

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Legal Disclaimer - Brief

(For the articles on legal issues written by Mark Fennell)

 

• Disclaimer #1: I am a paralegal, not a licensed attorney.

 

• Disclaimer #2: Laws vary by state and city; check your local codes

 

• Disclaimer #3: I offer general information about areas of the law, to the general public. I am not offering specific advice to any specific person about a specific situation.

 

Mark Fennell

2007


Legal Disclaimer - Detailed Explanations

(For the articles on legal issues written by Mark Fennell)

 

General Comments on Legal Disclaimer

In all my writings on legal issues, my goal is to educate others on legal information which I believe may be useful.

However, in so doing, it is important that I balance the information that I do know with some mention of the limitations of my knowledge.

It is common for legal professionals to provide a disclaimer.

As I go through my own legal education, I begin to understand the reasons why.

 

My legal disclaimer will be a bit different than most. Along with each "disclaimer" point, I will also provide a "positive" point.

In other words, I want the reader to know why they should trust my knowledge (the positive points), while at the same time being aware of the limits to my knowledge (the disclaimer points.)

 

Disclaimers and Positive Points - in Brief

• Disclaimer #1: I am a paralegal, not a lawyer.

• Positive #1: The education of a paralegal is very similar to that of a lawyer.

 

• Disclaimer #2: Laws vary by state and city; check your local codes

• Positive #2: Although state laws can vary, there are similarities for laws across many states.

 

• Disclaimer #3: I offer general information about areas of the law, to the general public. I am not offering specific advice to any specific person about a specific situation.

• Positive #3: I have studied more law than people who have not taken legal courses. My goal is to spread the knowledge which may be of of practical use to other people.

 

Disclaimers and Postive Points - in Detail

• Disclaimer #1: I am a paralegal, not a lawyer.

I have not attended law school, I have not passed any bar exam, and I am not a licensed attorney in any state.

 

• Positive #1: The education of a paralegal is very similar to that of a lawyer.

A typical paralegal program is 1-2 years. A typical law school program is 3 years. In these 2 years, the paralegal takes courses in the same areas of law that is covered in the first two years of law school. In both programs, all subjects are taught by licensed attorneys, each of whom have practical experience in their legal specialty, and many of whom are currently practicing law.

 

• Disclaimer #2: Laws vary by state and city; check your local codes.

• Positive #2: Although state laws can vary, there are similarities for many laws.

Specific laws do indeed vary by state (as sis the state's right as a separate government), many laws are similar for a given topic across various states. Thus, we can often make a statement of what generally exists. This is a good starting point for anyone who is not a lawyer, and who really doesn't want to be one, yet who likes to have some basic knowledge of the law.

 

• Disclaimer #3: I offer general information about areas of the law, to the general public. I am not offering specific advice to any specific person about a specific situation.

If you have a specific question about an area of law, it is best to look up the law yourself (your state law and your city law), as well as consult a licensed attorney who specializes in that area.

 

• Positive #3: I have read more and studied more about the law than people who have not taken legal courses. This makes me more educated on legal issues than many people. However, that doesn't mean I know the details of every law in a particular area.

My goal in writings on legal issues is to spread the knowledge of things I have discovered which may be of interest (and of practical use) to other people. But, I am not qualified to (nor do I wish to) give specific advice on a particular situation.

Mark Fennell

2007