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61. Natural Rights Theories : Their Origin and Development
by Richard Tuck
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Asin: 0521285097
Catlog: Book (1981-07-02)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This book shows how political argument in terms of rights and natural rights began in medieval Europe, and how the theory of natural rights was developed in the seventeenth century after a period of neglect in the Renaissance. Dr Tuck provides a new understanding of the importance of Jean Gerson in the formation of the theories, and of Hugo Grotius in their development; he also restores the Englishman John Selden's ideas to the prominence they once enjoyed, and shows how Thomas Hobbes's political theory can best be understood against this background. In general, the book enables us to understand more fully the characteristics of the natural rights theories available to the men of the Enlightenment, and thereby to appreciate the complexity and equivocal nature of modern right theories. ... Read more

62. Legal Terminology, Fourth Edition
by Gordon W. Brown
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Asin: 0130155985
Catlog: Book (2003-07-30)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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A huge amount of legal information is contained within this compact and orderly book. All legal terms are easy-to-find and up-to-date, and the book includes definitions, pronunciation, and easily understood explanations.Structured into short, easily digested chapters, Legal Terminology presents the fundamentals of the principal areas of the law, including: terms used in criminal law, tort law, contract law, personal property and agency law, practice and procedure law, will and estate law, trust law, family law, law of negotiable instruments, and business organization law.An excellent reference work for lawyers, legal secretaries, paralegals, legal assistants, and court personnel. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Strengthen your legal vocabulary in seriousness and fun
This is an excellent resource for law students, paralegals, legal secretaries and law clerks.Each chapter shows the words in use and gives real-world explanations of the terms.At the end of each chapter there are true/false, matching, fill-in-the-blank, and crossword puzzle exercises to test your knowledge.This book covers just about all the major areas of law:criminal, civil, torts, bankruptcy, property, wills/estate... you name it.I swear by this book - it really helped me in pre-law.At many colleges, this book is standard. ... Read more

63. Understanding Remedies (Legal Text Series)
by James M. Fischer
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Catlog: Book (1999-04-01)
Publisher: Matthew Bender
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64. Problems and Materials on the Sale and Lease of Goods
by Douglas J Whaley
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
Publisher: Aspen Publishers
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65. Legal Methods (University Casebook Series)
by Jane C. Ginsburg
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-05)
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66. Entertainment Law (West Legal Studies)
by Jeffrey A. Helewitz, Leah K. Edwards
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: Delmar Publishers
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Entertainment Law was written with the reader in mind. Complex legal principles are presented in language that is easily understood and are portrayed using a host of interesting case examples. The edited judicial decisions, showing court interpretation, make this book unlike any other currently on the market.

• judicial decisions at the end of each chapter highlight pertinent cases dealing with entertainment law
• explores the constitutional considerations of entertainment law as well as applicable federal regulation and legal structures in place today
• breaks down each important entertainment medium into independent chapters
• covers the impact of technology on entertainment law
• numerous examples within each chapter provide real-life application of entertainment law ... Read more

67. Introduction to Law : Its Dynamic Nature
by Henry Cheeseman
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-10)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This complete introduction to law places emphasis on ethics and international issues, showing readers how to engage in ethical, analytical reasoning with every topic from legal fundamentals to areas of substantive law. The features of this book encourage readers to apply critical thinking, organizational and summation skills, and legal research tools to solve specific legal problems. The American court system, criminal law and ethics, contracts and E-Commerce, family law, real and personal property, agency, employment, and equal opportunity law, intellectual property and internet law, and administrative law, consumer, investor, and environmental protection. For paralegals, legal assistants, lawyers, and all legal professionals. ... Read more

68. Learning from Practice: A Professional Development Text for Legal Externs (American Casebooks (Paperback))
by J. P. Ogilvy, Leah Wortham, Lisa G. Lerman
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Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
Publisher: West Publishing Company
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The textbook introduces the concept of experiential learning and establishes the recurrent themes for the chapters that follow. The text also raises ethical issues common to externship placements and provides a framework for students to work through the issues. Provides guidance for students who use journals to record and reflect on their externship experience. Focuses on how students can learn from observation of lawyering behavior during the externship. Also introduces issues of bias in the legal profession for reflection and discussion as part of an externship experience. Discusses use of externship to improve traditional lawyering skills. ... Read more

69. Best 117 Law Schools 2005 Edition (Best Law Schools (Princeton Review))
by Eric Owens
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-21)
Publisher: Princeton Review
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70. Mastering the Mbe: Test Taking Strategies for Scoring High on the Multistate Bar Exam (Legal Survival Guides)
by John Talamo, John J. Talamo
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Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: Sphinx Publishing Inc
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great help for the MBE
I read this book AFTER I failed the NY bar exam the first time around. This book was very helpful in helping to understand the MBE and the best method for studying. I felt much more confident and less stressed taking the bar again this past February, and I am surprised how much of that I can attribute to what I learned in Mr. Talamo's book! I highly recommend that ANYONE taking the MBE read this book. Then spend a few days using his techniques & see the difference! I plan to give this book as a gift to others taking the MBE too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on "How to Study for the MBE" Ive ever read!
Best book ever read on the taking of the MBE. Not only does Talamo tell you what to study, he tells you HOW. Ive read dozens of books on taking the MBE. Talamo is by far the best. He explains how to tackle the test itself. He has an easy to follow strategy for focusing on the most important areas covered on the MBE, and how these areas should be handled. If you have mountains of books from your bar review course and don't know what to do with all of it, this book is a must! Im a repeater for this bar exam and this is the first book I have ever read that is helping me learn how to study for this exam. This book is one of those you will read from cover to cover over and over again. It has given me a plan for taking this exam. As a result, Im not as stressed out over how Im going to learn all this material. Instead, I am learning how to focus on the most important stuff and learn it really well. Talamo explains how it is a waste of time to try and learn everything fairly well. He shows how you will do better on the exam by knowing just a few key areas extremely well. I can't say enough about this book. It has taken my anxiety level down a couple of notches, and given me a feeling of confidence that I CAN pass this exam! ... Read more

71. Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining: America's Toughest Family Court Judge Speaks Out
by Judy Sheindlin, Josh Getlin
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Asin: 0060927941
Catlog: Book (1997-02-01)
Publisher: Perennial
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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"Can we get some reality in here?" asks Judy Sheindlin, former supervising judge for Manhattan Family Court. For twenty-four years she has laid down the law as she understands it:

  • If you want to eat, you have to work.

  • If you have children, you'd better support them.

  • If you break the law, you have to pay.

  • If you tap the public purse, you'd better be accountable.

Now she abandons all judicial restraint in a scathing critique of the system--filled with realistic hard-nosed alternatives to our bloated welfare bureaucracy and our soft-on-crime laws. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You Go Judy!
I'm so happy Judge Judy came out with this book. Not only does it offer excellent pointers for our lacky government, she gives tips for new lawyers and judges. I'm in college waiting to go to law school, and this book should be required for every class. We can all learn from Judy on what's needed in our judicial system that other judges are lacking. Her suggestions to improve our system make a lot of sense. For example, she believes that once a foster care home is financially stable that we should cut off the money limit we send them. Instead of wasting tax payers money with counselors that aren't needed, let's make sure the housing situation is fine and then stop using our money for waste. If Judge Judy runs for president, she has my vote! YOU GO JUDY YOU ARE MY HERO!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Judge Judy for President!
Judge Judy, once again, tells it like it is. If you've seen her on TV then you know exactly that she's no pushover. A lot of "bleeding hearts" would never agree with her statements, but I was pleased to read that someone has the courage to stand up and say that things need to change. Being a family court judge, she's seen it all. Women abusing the welfare system by having numerous kids, men hiding from paying child support, people on welfare refusing to work on the basis that it is "below them" and so many other mini case studies fill this book.
I say "Judge Judy for President!!"

3-0 out of 5 stars Careful or you'll besot the robe!
With all due respect, maybe Her Honor keeps getting urine on her leg because she sticks her foot where it doesn't belong?

4-0 out of 5 stars Whatever You Do, Don't Mess With This Lady!
I don't normally read books that are ghostwritten. This one, however, was not only informative but wildly entertaining. See Judge Judy skewer self-proclaimed victims, lazy attorneys, callous bureaucrats, unwed teen mothers, craven foster parents, and in general anyone who while serving themselves degrades the lives we all lead in this land of ours.

The only negative I can think of is that, too often, points that need more detail end up as truncated sound bites. By making her points as succinctly as possible, Judge Judy has justifiably won for herself quite a following -- although the book's trenchant style is not dissimilar to her TV appearances, so I can't blame the ghost writer. I guess I'm just too much of a detail wonk to feel comfortable with short shrift on major subjects. Give me facts, footnotes, and all those other scholarly trappings that take me beyond the level of the merely anecdotal.

But this book is not meant for people like me, though I can enjoy it as much as anyone. Judge Judy's elevation of COMMON SENSE to a principle of jurisprudence is guaranteed to make you think, even if it doesn't satisfy all bases.

4-0 out of 5 stars Draconic and Laconic
"Judge Judy" Sheindlin is the sort of woman who commands respect. To her fans, she's a bastion of common sense, intent on restoring order to a system out of control. To her detractors, she is a menace to civil rights who would turn back the clock on family law. Both her regimen and her reputation are reminiscent of Maggie Thatcher's. Both women came from run-a-day, middle-class backgrounds. Both entered their careers at a time when women faced immense up-hill struggles. Both compensated by becoming "iron ladies," tougher than their male counterparts. Both write and speak clearly and effectively. Their messages are also similar: regress is progress. To improve the system, we've got to go "back to the future."

As an avid fan of her TV program, I was a little disappointed by the format of the book. The writing style is that of a U.S.A. Today editorial. That aside, I could not agree more with her agenda. However, it is crucial that readers understand how sharply her sentiments diverge from contemporary practice... and why.

Needless to say, criminal- and family-law professors are basically the exact opposite of Judge Judy. Most lawyers receive their training from left-wing defense attorneys obsessed with defendants' rights. Even conservative attorneys have been inculcated with a strong distaste for the 1950s justice system. So let me assure readers that the ideas in this book are NOT going to be well received by law's guiding voices. Of course, academics are not the audience this book intends to reach. Sheindlin wants to reach the masses of people who are fed up with a system that prefers the sensitive and the expensive over the draconic and the laconic.

So what are Judge Judy's proposals? Among other things, she recommends:

- Maximum sentences for first-time juvenile offenders. Judy is not afraid to send 14-year-olds to adult prisons. "You're no less dead if your murderer is fifteen or fifty."

- Punitive rather than therapeutic interventions. No more therapy for people who deserve punishment.

- A vast reduction in "handouts" such as welfare, social security disability, foster care grants, or just plain charity. "They are picking our pockets," says Sheindlin.

- If a middle class kid drops out of school, the $2,000 tax break their parents claim should be eliminated.

- Overturn confidentiality laws. Convicted rapists and child sex-offenders should be forced to get HIV-tested. Currently, courts do not have the power to side step the rapists' precious civil rights. Often these become plea-bargaining tools for defense lawyers. Essentially, the defendant agrees to consent to testing if his jail time is lessened. That's just wrong.

- Dead-beat dads should be forced not only to pay up... but also to work.

- Convicted prisoners should either be forced to forfeit their right to free speech, or else personally pay the costs of litigating their complaints. That would unclog the frivolous and often bizarre litigations they bring - like the gang leader who sued the prison over his right to display his "colors" in jail.

- Juvenile delinquents should be photographed and fingerprinted. Their records should not be held confidentially. That is currently illegal in order protect minors.

- The seemingly admirable goal of placing children with their mothers should be abandoned. Group homes show better results for troubled kids from dysfunctional homes and communities.

- Mothers who fraudulently claim that their estranged boyfriends and husbands committed child-abuse should lose their custody. If there's no evidence, it's likely a cooked-up story. Dad, not mom, should get the kids in such cases.

- America needs a national curfew for kids under eighteen. Sheindlin recommends 9 p.m. on weeknights and 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

- There should be a total elimination of the parole system. In its place, the rule should be one weekly check-in / drug-test at the nearest police precinct. Those who fail to meet this requirement go back to jail. No ifs, ands, or buts. The warrant should go out five minutes after the "parolee" failed to be there.

- Do away with Public Defenders. Everyone should have to pay. There should be no free rides. The day the defendant starts working is the day the government starts deducting his attorney's cost from his pay.

- Parents should pay the cost of juvenile delinquents' jail times. Why should society pay for their mistakes? Perhaps parents will take criminal delinquency more seriously when their purse is being hit.

- Juvenile courts should not be shielded from public scrutiny. If a judge keeps putting little monsters back on the street, the press should be available to complain about it.

However welcome these reforms might look to the average reader, be assured that there is army of contentious lawyers out there prepared to hack them to bits. To them, Sheindlin's smorgasbord of fixes are really just the fantasies of a harsh disciplinarian. It's important that readers see how unlikely all of her proposals are. Take getting rid of public defenders. I can already hear the chorus of ACLU lawyers chomping at the bit: What about the innocent? What about the poor? What about making sure we get paid on the public dollar - rather than having to collect from these deadbeats?

But don't despair, all you Judge Judy fans out there. It might happen someday... especially if the system keep's going the way it's been going. Keep your fingers crossed. Who knows? Things can always change. ... Read more

72. Law in the Schools (6th Edition)
by William D. Valente, Christina Valente
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Asin: 0131141554
Catlog: Book (2004-05-05)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This unique book provides readers with information that will enable them to recognize and address potential legal problems, empower them to make informed judgments and decisions, and alert them when legal counsel should be sought. It thoroughly covers the legal principles governing American schools and discusses the origin and development of laws concerning schools. Updated to reflect the latest new statutes and Supreme Court decisions, this edition will intensify the reader's appreciation of how law results from the relations of educational policy and legal principles.Topics covered in the book are backed by concrete case examples and brief case excerpts that illustrate and reinforce several points discussed in the text. Topics include: education under the American Legal System, public schools, tort liability, rights, discrimination, private education, and more.Suitable as a quick-reference book for school administrators and readers wanting to learn more about school law. ... Read more

73. The Economics of Justice
by Richard A. Posner
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Catlog: Book (1983-09-01)
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wealth Maximization. Holy cow!!!
Although denied by the author in his book 'Problems of Jurisprudence,' Richard Posner was an integral early pioneer in the movement known as 'Economics and Law.' Picking up where George Stigler and Gary Becker left off, Posner argues that not only human behavior, but law can be understood by the theory of wealth-maximization. This is the philosophy that individuals act in a way that will maximize their benefit (the results of their action) while minimizing cost (energy, time etc. expended in action.) While my review is necessarily simplified, Posners audience is in for a well-made case.

After his case is made, he moves on to offer a hypothesis of how law may have developed in primitive societies against this backdrop of wealth-maximization. I've read several authors attempts to 'create' a state (Rousseau, Locke, Nozick) and to my eyes, Posners is the most convincing. Let's see what you think!

The third section applies wealth-maximization to privacy and discrimination laws. It is here that Posner is the most likely to disturb. For example, he distinguishes between privacy as seclusion and privacy as secrecy. Privacy as secrecy, Posner argues, is not only inconsistent with constitutional text but is not much more than the right to be able to distort information (whether by omission or declaration) to present and future transactors. This, in turn, distorts the 'market-place' of information and is inconsistent (a slippery slope) with the wealth-maximization of society.

Whether you agree or disagree with Posner, his intellect is undeniable, his thesis, original and his writing, first rate. Should be read by anyone interested in jurisprudence, politics, economics and psychology.

4-0 out of 5 stars Philosophy and Economics
Posner's "Economics of Justice" is still a fascinating read, almost two decades after its first publication. In particular, the first half of the book, which attempts (I think quite successfully) to carve out a middle ground of "ethical wealth maximization" between the 'poles' of Kantian ethics and utilitarian thought, is quite good. I am not always convinced that wealth maximization as a juridical norm in fact escapes the strictures and failures of utilitatarian thought, but Posner's philosophy and economics approach to the law demonstrates quite conclusively that economic thought has much to say about issues of justice. More broadly, Posner's lucid arguments dispel some of the many myths and critiques (some by people who do not understand economics) which contend that economics either oversimplifies or commodifies too much of human experience. What is needed is an update to this work, and more generally, a stronger outpouring of philosophical explanation from other economics-minded scholars such as Posner, to respond to the many socio-cultural legal critiques of law and economics. Overall, though, an excellent read; and although one need not agree with all of Posner's conclusions, the ideas are well worth examining. ... Read more

74. Bankruptcy and Insolvency Accounting, Volume 1, Practice and Procedure, 6th Edition
by Grant W.Newton
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Catlog: Book (2000-09-05)
Publisher: Wiley
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Considered the standard reference in the field of bankruptcy accounting, this two-volume set combines accounting, finance, tax and legal issues in an easy-to-understand resource. This updated and expanded edition contains major changes to the Bankruptcy Code and the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and discusses the release of AICPA's SOP 90-7 with examples regarding the complications of applying it. Features new sections on business valuations, debtor-in-possession and post-petition financing. Volume 2 provides a unique collection of forms and exhibits and has been extensively revised to be more user-friendly with checklists and discussions to accompany the scores of sample documents and authentic exhibits. Supplemented annually. ... Read more

75. Evidence Law and Practice
by Steven I. Friedland, Paul Bergman, Andrew E. Taslitz, Lexisnexis

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Asin: 0820559954
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: LexisNexis
Sales Rank: 209155
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1-0 out of 5 stars I Second the Motion
In case you think this is a lone crazy, the previous reviewer is absolutely right.I'm not sure if the examples are of no use, but you absolutely can't learn Evidence from it.Obviously you're getting it because your professr assigned it and if he's a decent teacher it is worth getting the book he assigned, but if your test is actually on the FRE at all you must learn it either from your professor or a different source (i.e. commercial outline).

1-0 out of 5 stars A disaster
An editor has never laid eyes upon this book. It is an absolute disaster, a total mess. You cannot, repeat, CANNOT learn evidence from this book. You must go by the Federal Rules, coupled with any other explanatory source. Unfortunately, my professor is using its numerous sample problems in class; I read the assignments until I realized that the supporting / explanatory material was worse than useless, it was misleading at best and frequently erroneous. Turning to other materials was the only thing that saved me. Avoid at all costs. ... Read more

76. Law for Dummies
by JohnVentura
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Asin: 1568848609
Catlog: Book (1996-08-23)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 62965
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Do you know your legal rights and responsibilities if you’re buying or selling a home, applying for a job, or getting a divorce? Are you baffled by the legalese used in contracts, insurance policies, warranties, and other documents? If you want to protect both yourself and your family from the many legal problems that have become commonplace in today’s society, you don’t need a law degree—all you need is a basic understanding of the law.

Whether you’re a consumer, employee, or small business owner, Law For Dummies will help you discover your legal rights, responsibilities, and obligations in a wide range of areas. Best of all, this friendly guide will also improve your understanding of how to use laws without resorting to attorneys! You can use this book to answer specific questions about the law as it relates to particular areas of your life or you can use it as a guide to low-cost or no-cost sources of legal advice, including government agencies and nonprofit organizati ons.

Law For Dummies is packed with the tools and resources you need to make informed legal decisions. You’ll become familiar with a variety of laws that can affect you personally—from retirement, health care, and housing laws to personal finance, employment, divorce, and privacy laws. You’ll also discover how to:

  • Make sense of the U.S. legal system
  • Resolve legal problems as quickly as possible with a minimum amount of money and stress
  • Correct errors on your credit report
  • Prepare wills and other legal documents
  • Avoid legal hassles when running a business
  • Protect your rights at work
  • Collect child support
If you’re like many Americans today, you probably feel overwhelmed by the rules, regulations, and red tape that seem to govern and complicate every aspect f your daily life. With Law For Dummies you can boost your legal know-how and solve a number of everyday legal problems that may come your way. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Way to Start Learning About Law
This is one of the "how-to" books that are fun to read even if you are not faced with a situation which requires it. This well-written book covers a wide range of legal topics that an American citizen may face one of these days. Much emphasis is placed on things like marital problems, parenting problems, employment issues, consumer and credit problems, etc. Needless to say it does NOT replace a good lawyer when the case is complex, but the author actually encourages you to "take the law into your own hand" and shows you how you can solve a number of everyday legal difficulties without hiring a lawyer.

This book cannot claim to be a complete guide to being your own lawyer or recognizing your legal rights or duties, but I found it a terrific first-step book to read about our great legal system. ... Read more

77. Entrepreneur Magazine's Ultimate Guide to Forming an LLC in Any State (Ultimate Guide Series)
by MichaelSpadaccini
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Asin: 193253119X
Catlog: Book (2004-09-08)
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press
Sales Rank: 239943
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Limited liability companies (LLCs) are a hybrid business form that combines owner liability protection similar to that of a corporation with the tax treatment and administrative ease of a partnership. To help business owners access the protections of LLCs without the burdens and formalities of forming a corporation, this easy-to-use book/CD-ROM package explains how to get started and maintaining a LLC, with detailed requirements for every state.

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78. A Guide to Elder Planning: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself Legally and Financially
by Steve Weisman, Steven Weisman
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Asin: 013142520X
Catlog: Book (2003-09-19)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 157569
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Let's face it... in today's world, senior citizens and their families face more complicated financial, legal and personal planning decisions than ever before--and making the wrong decisions can be catastrophic. In this book, Steven J.J. Weisman, renowned estate planning attorney and host of the nationally syndicated radio show "A Touch of Grey," offers you practical, simple guidance on every one of these issues. Written with simplicity and humor, Elder Planning uncovers strategies and loopholes for retirement, health care, long-term care, asset protection, investments, taxes, social security, housing, Medicare/Medicaid, estate planning, substitute decision, and more. This book is easy to read and easy to use, making it the indispensable resource for anyone needing to protect themselves, their parents and their heirs.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Elder Planning Review
For each generation it seems that a reference book comes along that becomes the universal guide for the audience it intends to reach. Examples that come to mind are the Farmers Almanac and the Guinness Book of Records. For their intended reader these books are the starting and ending points of the information sought.

Steve Weisman has filled that void for those considering elder planning issues. The book's fund of knowledge takes pains to begin at defining terms and strategies and, only then, provides the advice needed by all. To best illustrate the breadth of topics contained in the treatise, the issues range from asset protection to planning for your pets. The book is of value not only to the elderly but also to extended families facing elder planning issues and provides methods for non-elderly adults to maximize their assets throughout their life. As with any great book aimed at helping the populace, the use of clear, concise language is remarkable. In reviewing the book, I am left with the old refrain, "why didn't I think of that" but I can happily report that Steve Weisman did think of that and his efforts benefit us all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Aging can be humorous
Who would have thought that a topic as seemingly dry and dull as financial and legal planning could be handled in such a humorous fashion while still providing a great deal of helpful information and suggestions for personal planning? This is a book that has important information for everyone, particularly older people, presented in a style that will make you smile. ... Read more

79. Reliance of the Traveller: The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law Umdat Al-Salik
by Ahmad Ibn Lulu Ibn Al-Naqib, Noah Ha Mim Keller
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The new edition of the in-depth manual of Islamic law based on the Shafi'i school of thought, with a detalied index and commentary on specific rulings. 1,200 pages in an exceptional binding with Arabic and facing English text in two column format with occasional diagrams. 'Umdat al-Salik wa 'Uddat al-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller and tools of the Worshipper) is a classic manual of fiqh. It represents the fiqh rulings according to the Shafi'I school of jurisprudence. The appendices form an integral part of the book and present original texts and translations from classic works by prominent scholars such as al-Ghazali, Ibn Qudamah, al-Nawawi, al-Qurturbi, al-Dhahabi, Ibn Hajar and other, on topics of Islamic law, faith, spirituality, Qur'anic exegesis and Hadith sciences. It has also biographical notes about every person mentioned (391 biographies) , bibliography of each work cited (136 works), and a detailed subject index (95 pages). Of the 136 works drawn upon in its commentary and appendices, 134 are in the original Arabic. The sections and paragraphs have been numbered to facilitate cross-reference. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent all the way around
I won't comment on the actual material of the book, since the content is based on Imam Nawawi's work - Which basically says the text is about as good as it gets.

The content of the book covers the Shafi Fiqh. Basically, all rulings that could concern a Muslim. (ie. Sunnah of Wudu, Fard of divorce proceedings, etc.) It even has quick autobiographies at the end. (A nice touch for background on some of those scholars I had never heard of.)

As for the rest: The translation into English seems excellent, the book is hardcover with good binding: Excellent. And the cover is green and looks nice. The font is nice, and it even has the original Arabic text on the side. Most important, there are several seals on the first several pages indicating that the book has passed inspection from various large Muslim Universities. Something I don't see in other translations.


5-0 out of 5 stars A Criminal Justice Eye Opener
Reliance of the Traveller provides exceptional insight to Islamic values. The revised edition, edited and translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller, is certified by al-Azhar University, the Muslim worlds most prestigious institution of higher learning with the following "...We certify that this translation corresponds to the Arabic original and conforms to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni community (Ahl al-Sunnah wa al Jamma'a)."

Legislators, Criminal Justice Officials, Educators, Scholars, Journalists, and ordinary citizens who value "truth" may find the passages contained in Book R, Section 8, Lying (pages 744 - 746) quite illuminating.

Lying is permitted in war, settling disagreements, and a man talking with his wife or she with him. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable by lying but not telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory. (p. 745)

"When, for example, one is concealing a Muslim from an oppressor who asks where he is, it is obligatory to lie about him being hidden. Or when a person deposits an article with one for safekeeping and an oppressor wanting to appropriate it inquires about it, it is obligatory to lie about having concealed it, for if one informs him about the article and he then seizes it, one is financially liable (to the owner) to cover the article's cost."(p. 745) Law Enforcement Investigations looking for people or evidence may find this problematic.

"Whether the purpose is war, settling a disagreement, or gaining sympathy of a victim legally entitled to retaliate against one so that he will forbear to do so; it is not unlawful to lie when any of these aims can be obtained through lying. But it is religiously more precautionary in all cases to employ words that give a misleading impression, meaning to intend by one's words something that is literally true, in respect to which one is not lying, while the outward purport of the words deceives the hearer, though even if one does not have such an intention and merely lies without intending anything else, it is not unlawful in the above circumstances." (p.745)

"Lying is permissible when there is a legitimate desired end. And the legitimate desired end may be a personal one." "One should compare the bad consequences entailed by lying to those by telling the truth, and if the consequences of telling the truth are more damaging, one is entitled to lie." (p.746)

Legal provisions for Giving a Misleading Impression (Book R, Section 10 Giving a Misleading Impression) is contained on page 748. "Giving a misleading impression is among the most important topics, being frequently met with and often abused. It befits us to examine the matter closely, and whoever learns of it should reflect upon it and apply it." "Giving a misleading impression means to utter an expression that ostensibly implies one meaning while intending a different meaning the expression may also have, one that contradicts the ostensive purport. It is a kind of deception. It often takes the form of the speaker intending a specific referent while the hearer understands a more general one, as when a person asks a householder, "Is So and so here?" to which the householder, intending the space between himself and the questioner rather than the space inside the house, replies, "He is not here." "Scholars say that there is no harm in giving a misleading impression if required by an interest countenanced by Sacred Law that is more important than not misleading the person being addressed, or if there is a pressing need which could not otherwise be fulfilled except through lying."

Slander, in the Western context, is the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation. Within the Sunni Islam tradition, slander means mentioning anything concerning a person that that person would dislike. The truth, then, becomes slanderous when an author or source mentions "anything concerning a person that that person would dislike."

The Reliance of the Traveller further discusses slander. "Slander means to mention anything concerning a person that he would dislike, whether about his body, religion, everyday life, self, disposition, property, son, father, wife, servant, turban, garment, gait, movements, smiling, dissolution, frowning, cheerfulness, or anything else connected with him." (p.730) 'Do you know what slander is?' They answered, 'Allah and His Messenger know best.' He said, 'It is to mention of your brother that which he would dislike.' Someone asked, 'What if he is as I say?' And he replied, 'If he is as you say, you have slandered him, and if not, you have calumniated him. The Muslim is the brother of the Muslim. He does not betray him, lie to him, or hang back from coming to his aid. All of the Muslim is inviolable to his fellow Muslim: his reputation, his property, his blood. Godfearingness is here (the heart). It is sufficiently wicked for someone to belittle his fellow Muslim." (p.730.) This passage has implications for objective assessments of those who do wrong. It may be "improper" to tell the truth and say they have done wrong.

Reliance of the Traveller gives insight to a wide variety of problems confronting the current era of law enforcement and a noticeable skewing of the truth in Islamic scholarship and news coverage. Local, state and federal officials, Criminal Justice officials, scholars, journalists, and those interested in the ongoing clash of civilizations will find the Reliance of the Traveller an invaluable tool in understanding some of the more problematic aspects of Islamic behavior. This book is an invaluable addition to any personal and professional library.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Essential Reference when Studying Islam
I encourage anyone who wants to better understand Islam to buy a copy. This is where the ummah ultimately leads. Wonder how the mullahs in the Taliban constructed the model of their medieval society?- well, they didn't have to. It's all contained here in the Sunni shariah.

You cannot hope to understand "applied islam" without this text. This is THE book that the islamists do NOT want kufrs (infidels) to read. It absolutely identifies the outcomes of the establishment of Dar al-Islam and the extension of the ummah.

Note: Even this book contains inaccuracies in its translation- see, for example, the linguist Reverend Mark Durie's demonstration that the section on mandatory female genital mutilation is watered down in this English translation from the Arabic. Also, the distinction drawn between "greater" jihad and "lesser" jihad is also a translational fabrication.

However, in the absense of any other English translation, and recognizing the "Good (Islamist) Housekeeping Seal of Approval" on this translation, it really is an essential reference when dealing with Islam (of course, never forget, Islam is a trilogy of works: the Qur'an; the ahadith; and the resulting Umdat al-Salik.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is probably the Most comprehensive fiqh(Islamic Law) in the English Language. It cover the very basics of islam as well as other aspects of Islam, like purification of the soul, getting closer to God (Allah). It meat of the book of outer fiqh, but it also deals with inner fiqh (spirituality)..

So I highly Highly recommend this book. You won't be disappointed. In you are look for a good classical text book in Islamic Law.

2-0 out of 5 stars lotta hype
I don't understand all of the hype about this short sighted fiqh book. It doesn't take any position which would be really worthwhile to contemporary Muslims and the problems they face. It may have been a great work a few hundred years ago, but things have gotten a bit more complicated since then. I also take issue with the methodology employed in presenting the rulings. It is the same "I speak for Islam and no one else does" methodology employed by our despotic Wahabi brothers. Some of its positions on the woman are absolutely silly. This is just another boring Shafi'i law book. When will we get our heads out of this goofy stuff? We need fiqh answers to real problems, not ritual, sufi and covering the woman, topics which have been debated and are still as ambiguous as when they first entered the discourse. The 'core ideology' of Muslims who fantasize about this kind of undeveloped law must think that if they place a whole bunch of restrictions on their women that the ummah will be saved.... been there, done that, next ... Read more

80. Inequality Reexamined
by Amartya Sen
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Philosphy of Economics
The most basic idea, that one person's equality is another's inequality, is explored in detail. Sen illuminates many of the flaws in standard economic thinking, and how the philosophical underpinnings of economics guide and distort economic reasoning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic- and I don't agree with a word of it, either!
I read this book in one sitting, and let me say it is a great book.

It is odd so few books are written on such a basic philosophical question as equality, and reading mister Sen is akin to drinking a cold glass of water for a man in a desert of political philosophy.

The prose is somewhat weak, the stye is stilted, and that oddly only seems to add to mister Sens' achievement: I never get the feeling that when I turn the next page I will be bored or watch him say something unnecessarily pedantic. The whole book is carried solely by the interesting subject at hand and mister Sens endlessly excellent commentary on it.

That having been said, I agree with none of it. I do not value equality in any way, and my politics are thoroughly aristocratic and Old Right. So perhaps the possible reader should take that into account: I have nothing but praise for mister Sens books, and this book in particular is an excellent dive. Perhaps praise from a trenchant enemy is worth more than praise from the ideologically like minded.

I will be reading it and making notes and attacks on it for a year to come, at the very least. No matter how you view equality, I advocate mister Sen without reservation. This is excellent. Please buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent piece
Amartya Sen really questions the very foundations that determine of what is equality and development. It is indeed a marvellous piece of work. ... Read more

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