A handy guide to the legal maze by a famed barrister. Everything is covered that could be of use to Mr. & Mrs. Everyman--marriage, divorce, estates, wills, contracts of all kinds, malpractice, various forms of liability and much more. Writing in a direct, clear manner, the authors take the reader through the tangled web called the legal system. You don't have to read this book from beginning to end; rather, you are encouraged to dip into the parts of immediate concern. There are, of course, variations in the law from state to state, but there are general principles and procedures which are constant. There may be differences in things like the legal marrying age or in the amount you can sue for in small claims court, but these are incidental to the main purpose of the book, which is aiding and in forming the intelligent consumer. Besides its practical qualities, there are nuggets of wisdom to be garnered and titillating tidbits to squirrel away. When you want to top your friends at trivia, tell them that the captain of a ship can't perform marriages. So much for movie law. Chock-full of help, it is a useful addition to a personal reference library.