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The Element of Time


It�s been said that timing is everything � true not only in life but also in law.  The legal system routinely concerns itself with issues of time; therefore, the Legal Element of Time categorizes the legal terminology of time.  Terms as diverse as ab initio (Latin for from the beginning) and mailbox rule (a rule for marking the time of acceptance of a contract) both describe something related to time.

About the Legal Elements

With legal terminology it�s important to understand both the what and the why.  That is, you need to know both what the term means and why it�s important in the eyes of the law.  Without understanding the why, you can miss the point even with a perfectly good definition in mind.  That�s why Clear-Point Law has created a proprietary system for indexing legal terminology. We call it The Legal Elements.

The legal elements provide non-lawyers with a context for legal terms. These elements represent the key concepts of legal thinking and provide the answer to the question, why is this important. It doesn�t matter if the issue is criminality or contracts. For a description of all 12 Legal Elements, see our Overview of the Legal Elements.

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