Latin Legal Terms


Alius - it means other, another, someone else, and something else. The word participates in the legal maxim “Nemo plus iuris ad alium transferre potest quam ipse habet”, which means that nobody could transfer bigger rights than he has himself. For example, you cannot sell 200 sq.m. apartment, if you own only 100 sq.m. apartment. The word participates also in forming the legal maxim “Qui facit per alium facit per se”, used in the area of Authorizations and Agency Law. It states that a person, who acts through another person, is considered to act himself, although not being physically in person there. Usually this is part of the lawyers’ job – they are often authorized by clients to perform legal actions on their behalf and for their account.

It should be noted that being legal practitioners, bona-fide lawyers and attorneys-at-law do not practice their job for free. Legal advice and protection of people’s interests is paid as any other type of job – including the legal consultations and legal representation. The efforts which lawyers put in proper performance of their legal activities should be respected and valued by the people who seek their help. The same situation occurs when you visit a doctor – you pay for consultation and for eventual medical treatment.

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