Latin Legal Terms


Attornato – this legal term refers to the figure of an attorney, a lawyer; an independent bona fide solicitor. This is an educated in Law professional who protects the legal rights of other people in court and before other third parties (against payment). People hire a lawyer always where they need legal assistance about a risen issue or where they wish to undertake certain legal actions, so they seek legal advice. The word participates in the legal rule “dedimus potestatem de attornato faciendo”, which provided that a person is entitled to hire a lawyer to represent them in court, instead of participating in person. The reason is that a lawyer is educated and experienced to participate in court proceedings and to protect interest (against payment).

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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