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Is it standard practice to use the female gender in legal German?

For a long time, the standard in German was the generisches Maskulinum. This means in short that when the masculine form is used, any other sexes or genders are implicitely included. For example, &...
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Difference between "jail" and "prison" in German

The building is the same in both cases. It is called »Gefängnis« as you already know. But the kind of residence has different names: Untersuchungshaft or U-Haft imprisonment on remand When you are ...
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Is "befriedet" correctly translated to "pacified" here?

„Befriedetes Besitztum“ has an additional special meaning in legalese. It is "a property or building that is secured against unauthorized entry in a recognizable manner by contiguous protective ...
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Was steckt hinter der Abkürzung "b. b."?

In juristischen Schriftstücken steht die Abkürzung "b. b." für bereits benannt Dabei wird die Abkürzung üblicherweise hinter den Namen gesetzt, wenn die Adresse bereits genannt wurde.
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Is "befriedet" correctly translated to "pacified" here?

Is "befriedet" correctly translated to "pacified" here? The word "befriedet" does not come from the word "Friede" but from the word "Einfriedung". A &...
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Is it standard practice to use the female gender in legal German?

This answer focuses on distinguishing "Rules of German language" from "Language policies of specific organisations" The use of female forms in work contracts is not related to &...
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Is there a difference between "anwendbar sein" and "Anwendung finden"

anwendbar sein means that something is able to be used and Anwendung finden means that you find a usage for something.
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Is this sentence a positive or negative statement?

I agree with your assessment and doubts. The translation is: An eviction lawsuit was/is pending regarding the eviction from my/our apartment. I'm afraid you'll have to discuss that with the landlord....
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Difference between "haften" and "bürgen"

Both are legal terms and have a slightly different meaning, that may or may not be present in the translations suggested by Google. "Haften" can be used for all kinds of usually financial commitments....
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Is "befriedet" correctly translated to "pacified" here?

Edit: I think the question is best answered by the semi-official English translation, offered by the Bundesministerium der Justiz (German Federal Ministry of Justice): Section 123 Trespass (1) ...
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Difference between "haften" and "bürgen"

Apart from the fact that both may cause you to owe somebody money, those two words have little in common. "Haftung" means that someone is entitled by law to get a (usually financial) compensation for ...
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"Rechtsprechung" vs "Rechtssprechung"

Beide Formen sind gültig, DWDS nennt Rechtssprechung als Nebenform; ich vermute, dass das Fugen-s sich wegen aufwändiger separater Aussprache nicht so aufdrängt. Wikipedia gibt bei zusammengesetzten ...
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Was ist eine "Hochwertfähigkeit"?

Hochwertfähigkeit ist nicht im Duden gelistet, daher kannst du grundsätzlich bereits davon ausgehen, dass die Verbreitung irrelevant oder derart geringfügig ist, dass es nicht zum effektiven deutschen ...
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Nutzung des Paragrafen-Plurals

Ich sehe das prinzipiell genauso. Ein Paragraph ist mit „§“, zwei oder mehrere Paragraphen sind mit „§§“ zu zitieren: (Alle Beispiele entstammen dem geltenden österreichischen Recht.) § 16 Abs 1 Z 6 ...
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Is it standard practice to use the female gender in legal German?

The other answers focus on forms where male and female are packed into one word, but miss the style that is used in the said work contract. It seems they used a form where they sprinkle male and ...
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Statement in employment contract

First, this is in no way legal advice. I'm not a lawyer, I don't even play one on TV ;) I'd strongly advise you to consult a legal professional from the field in question, probably Arbeitsrecht or ...
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"trespass" in fewer than nine words or 17 syllables

Legally, the English trespass to land and the German Hausfriedensbruch are mostly analogous: You unlawfully and intentionally enter another’s land. So, technically Hausfriedensbruch would be an ...
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How to sign a document without accepting the ‘informational small print’?

The most straight-forward phrase for this would be something along the lines of Alle Angaben nach bestem Wissen und Gewissen. I am not a lawyer and I suspect that adding this would generate more ...
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Is there a difference between "anwendbar sein" and "Anwendung finden"

There is no secret nuance that is escaping you. I am not a lawyer, but let's give this a shot. It might help to consider that the sentence in question does not define when the law is applicable. ...
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Is it standard practice to use the female gender in legal German?

MitarbeiterIn or Mitarbeiter/in would be correct, it's the default for male or female. If it is Mitarbeiterin, always ask for correction - long live the bureaucracyland :D
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Unterschiedliche Rollen in einem Versicherungsvertrag

I'm no Versicherungskaufmann, but according to my experience with insurance contracts (and according to Wikipedia), the terminology is as follows: The Versicherungsnehmer is the contractual partner ...
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"Rechtsprechung" vs "Rechtssprechung"

Es ist eine traditionelle Eigenschaft des Amtsdeutschen - anscheinend vor allem in Deutschland - (z. B. in Gesetzen und Verordnungen), dass dort i. A. auf das Fugen-s verzichtet wird. Warum? Keine ...
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Exact meaning of a few terms in a work contract

a) The Persönliche Freibeträge is also called Lohnsteuerfreibetrag. This is a type of preferential tax refund. In principle, it is assumed that at the end of the year you will be reimbursed a certain ...
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Is it standard practice to use the female gender in legal German?

I disagree with most of the other answers: As used here, this language is plain and simply WRONG, and you should request a correction. All the talk about generic masculinum, etc. correctly points out ...
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Difference between "haften" and "bürgen"

In addition to the (correct) previous answers, I'd like to add that bürgen/Bürgschaft is not necessarily restricted to financial issues (even though it is in most cases). But there is a famous poem by ...
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"trespass" in fewer than nine words or 17 syllables

I liked the above - widerrechtlich betreten. One has to understand that Heinlein had a strong sense of ironic humor. The very legal "sins" he mentions here are the parodies of a "righteous" man. A ...
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How to sign a document without accepting the ‘informational small print’?

You might use the clause unter Vorbehalt to indicate that you basically agree to nothing, or longer and clearer ohne Anerkennung einer Rechtspflicht. Reference: http://www.lexexakt.de/glossar/...
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How to sign a document without accepting the ‘informational small print’?

To the best of my knowledge there is no short phrase that can be used to say I’m signing this bit I read, but anything I didn’t write on I didn’t read and thus am not signing. To the best of my ...
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