Contractual jargon can be a pain in the butt, I admit. But a freelance writer could be facing new contracts on a very regular basis — too often to consult with an attorney about complex clauses. Short of taking classes on contract law, it can be hard to learn all the intricacies of the topic. However, many legal dictionaries offer brief explanations of specific terms and clauses.
Even new, you can pick up a legal dictionary for under ten dollars. My copy was free, although, since it’s older than I am and starting to fall a part, I’ve been looking into getting a new one. Every dictionary and encyclopedia company seems to put one out, but so far, Steven Gifis’ Dictionary of Legal terms seems like an ideal choice to keep close at hand.