ACADEMIC TOPICS

pro rata

(proh-rat-ah or proh-ray-tah) From Latin for "in proportion," refers to a share to be received or an amount to be paid based on the fractional share of ownership, responsibility, or time used. For example, a buyer of rental property will pay his or her pro rata share of the property taxes for that portion of the year in which he or she holds title.

pro per

A term derived from the Latin "in propria persona," meaning "for one's self," used in some states to describe a person who handles his or her own case, without a lawyer. In other states, the term pro se is used. When a nonlawyer files his or her own legal papers, that party is expected to write "in pro per" under his or her name in the heading on the first page.

post

1) To place a notice prominently. For example, employers are required to post notices about employee rights in a conspicuous location. 2) To mail. 3) To record a payment on a particular date. For example, when you pay a credit card bill, your next statement will show you the date payment was "posted to your account."

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