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20/05/16 BASIS

e-legal lesson

Basis is sometimes wrongly used for reason. E.g., “The court, after a full review of the authorities, concluded that there was now no sound basis [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][read reason] why the value of life insurance coverage, as well as the cash surrender value, might not be considered in a property division between parties to a divorce action.”

This word may also do mischief in adverbial constructions (on a … basis), where a simple adverb would serve better. “The commission was set up on a provisional basis [read provisionally].”/ “Those issues must be determined on a case-by-case basis [read determined case by case].”/ “The attorney represented his clients on a contingent-fee basis [read for a contingent fee].”[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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