It doesn't take a genius to take care when spelling commonly used legal terms.

Lawsuit. Law firm.

United States. U.S. Property.

Judgment.

Stare decisis. De minimis.

Television.

Misuse or misspelling of these words could be a sign of cognitive decline. Get them right and you could be a stable genius.

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By Thomas O'Toole

A journalist with three decades' experience reporting on legal affairs, Tom is the managing editor and lead writer at Lawyers Media LLC.

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