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Legal Mumbo Jumbo

October 29th, 2011

At one time or another in our lives we’ve all had to deal with the “fine print” or the “exclusion clause” and the ever popular “hold harmless” terminology. It makes you wonder if the three years of law school are dedicated to learning about the rule of law or learning a different version of the English language.

Thereto, Hereto, Klaatu

If any of these three words look familiar to you I’m guessing it’s the last one. That’s the name of the alien character played by Michael Rennie in the 1951 classic “The Day The Earth Stood Still.” I believe Klaatu used fewer words, and was more succinct in telling the people of the earth they would be destroyed if they didn’t agree to stop killing each other, than the understanding of the following legal paragraph.

This agreement and other documents delivered pursuant hereto constitute the entire agreement and understanding of the parties with respect to its subject matter and supersedes and extinguishes all prior oral communication, drafts, agreements, undertakings, representations, warranties and arrangements of any nature whatsoever, whether or not in writing, relating thereto, with respect specifically thereto.

Babalu

If you were a fan of “I Love Lucy” you remember the character Ricky Ricardo…the Cuban who spoke broken English with a Latin flair. His theme song was Bablu, played on bongos along with his orchestra. He also had a unique way of phrasing his conversations with Lucy, his wife. Often when Lucy didn’t understand his comments Ricky would say…”Let me splain this to you.” And he did, and in a very strange way you understood his “splaination.”

It would have been interesting to have his character play an attorney. I’m guessing his discourse on jurisprudence would have made Oliver Wendell Holmes turn in his grave, but you would have left his office with a complete understanding of why you were going to jail. And he would have been playing his bongo drums at the same time.

Habeas Corpus, et. al.

It’s not bad enough that the legal jargon is already confusing without adding the Latin terms and phrases to completely disengage your mind. And, why Latin? Isn’t that officially a dead language? Do they keep using it in case there might be a hit and run by some person driving a Fiat? Perhaps it allows the common man to better appreciate the legal costs he or she is about to incur. The foreign language thing just adds to the legal mumbo jumbo “mystique.”

Of course there is an advantage here. If you don’t completely understand the Latin phrases chances are the party you are suing or being sued by on the other side of the court room doesn’t either. Unless of course she is a Nun from the Vatican.

The Laurentum Group: Taking the Legalese Out of Lawyer.

I thought this would be a catchy phrase to discuss the unique features of The Laurentum Group. Perhaps you don’t quite understand the meaning of this phrase, but then again you probably didn’t understand the entire third paragraph of this blog…and you have made it this far.

While the Attorneys at the Laurentum Group are compelled to use the legal prose in their briefs and documents, they will skillfully translate that information to you in colloquial English. They are especially geared toward serving the businessman; entrepreneur, start-up, growing business or well established company.

They know the legal process you require to run your business successfully, and will prepare you for all the variables this crazy world can throw at you. So whether you are just getting your business off the ground or you need someone who can deftly guide you through the legal jungle, the Laurentum Group is at your beck and call.

Contacting the Laurentum Group is easy. You can reach them through their website at: www.laurentumgroup.com, via Twitter or call them at: 1-440-941-1486 and set up an appointment. You can even have a nice casual lunch with them. I think shark fin soup is on the menu this week.

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Lawyer, Laurentum

June 27th, 2011

Alliteration refers to the repetition of a particular sound in the first syllables in a series of words and/or phrases. In the case of this blog, the last three words of the title – LinkedIn, Lawyer, Laurentum – describe alliteration. When you read this title I doubt the first thing that came to your mind was the word alliteration. Just like the last thing that comes to mind when starting a new business venture is the word “Lawyer.” Yet in the scheme of things, the lawyer, is just as important as the social media tools that you will utilize in your business model.

For the entrepreneurs in this world, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are fast becoming the foundation of marketing your product, process, service and yourself. In fact, for many companies, these social technologies are the only way they interact with their customers and suppliers. And when you add YouTube to the mix you can have the world at your command. But – and there is always a but – you need to have someone who can show you how to incorporate these tools into your business plan and make them work for you effectively … and legally.

Unlike other firms, Laurentum Group’s primary goal is to first assist you with your business model and ensure the data you have used to complete your business plan is accurate and realistic. All too often a lot of energy, money and time is put into a new venture prematurely. We help you develop a “true to life” business model that doesn’t rely on your emotional fervor. In essence we tell you what you need to know — not what you want to hear. There is a difference. And that difference is Laurentum.

Our experience in business development transcends the use of social technology. It combines and couples the legal acumen of best business practices with dealing with “hard” contacts in the area of venture capital along with local, national and international businesses. It’s the complete package to complete your business plan and put it into action.

While Laurentum Group may be a young firm, our team has a history working with a variety of business ventures, from entrepreneurs and start-up operations to fully integrated national corporations — and everything in between. We are strategic thinkers, with a tactical approach that leads to proper and successful execution of the process.

If your goal is to find someone who can truly help you with your business, in every aspect, then Laurentum Group is your link to leveraging your assets effectively, legally, and operationally (some more alliteration).

Still have a Shakespearian-affinity towards lawyers, here’s 10 reasons why entrepreneurs hate lawyers – we get the message!

Contact us online, via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email, or by phone.

Special thanks to Don Musilli for preparing this post.