The sign for "attorney" is a combination of an abbreviated version of the
sign for LAW plus the PERSON-agent sign (which equals "lawyer"). What
you do is you smack (lightly) an "L" hand up against the non-dominant palm
and the you use two "flat" hands to show a "person."
Compound signs are combinations of other signs. The original signs are often
mutated a bit in the process of compounding them. For example the full
sign for LAW typically uses two movements, but during the sign for
"attorney" we abbreviate the sign for LAW to just one movement.
Here is the thing to watch out for: If you are not signing attorney (or
lawyer) and you do a single smack upside the palm with an "L" hand it
doesn't mean law, rather it means "against the law" or "forbidden."
The full sign for LAW makes two contacts on the palm.
Note: If you use the sign LAW in a
compound sign such as "brother in law" then you should drop the second contact
in the sign for law.
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