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a fortiori

(ah-for-she-ory) prep. Latin for "with even stronger reason

a priori assumption

(ah-pree-ory) n. from Latin, an assumption that is true wit


prep. abbreviation for "also known as" when someone uses di

ab initio

prep. lawyer Latin for "from the start," as "it was legal a


v. to intentionally and permanently give up, surrender, lea

abandoned property

n. property left behind (often by a tenant) intentionally a


n. the act of intentionally and permanently giving up, surr


v. to do away with a problem, such as a public or private n


n. 1) the removal of a problem which is against public or p


n. the criminal taking away of a person by persuasion (conv


v. to help someone commit a crime, including helping them e


1) n. when the owner- ship of property has not been determi


adj. physically capable of working at a job or in the milit


n. the termination of pregnancy by various means, including


v. to annul or repeal a law or pass legislation that contra


v. 1) traditionally to leave a jurisdiction (where the cour


adj. complete, and without condition.

abstention doctrine

n. when the Supreme Court refuses to exercise its federal c


n. in general, a summary of a record or document, such as a

abstract of judgment

n. a written summary of a judgment which states how much mo

abstract of title

n. the written report on a title search which shows the his

abuse of discretion

n. a polite way of saying a trial judge has made such a bad

abuse of process

n. the use of legal process by illegal, malicious, or perve


v. when two parcels of real property touch each other.


n. 1) speeding up the time when there is vesting (absolute

acceleration clause

n. a provision in a contract or promissory note that if som


v. to receive something with approval and intention to keep


n. 1) receiving something from another with the intent to k

acceptance of service

n. agreement by a defendant (or his/her attorney) in a lega


n. 1) in real estate the right and ability to get to the pr


n. a second-string player who helps in the commission of a


n. 1) a favor done without compensation (pay or considerati


n. someone who assists in the commission of a crime and, un

accord and satisfaction

n. an agreement to accept less than is legally due in order

account stated

n. a statement between a creditor or the person to whom mon

accounts payable

n. bills that are owed.

when your

accounts receivable

n. the amounts of money due or owed to a business or profes


n. 1) in real estate, the increase of the actual land on a


v. 1) growing or adding to, such as interest on a debt or i


n. 1) in legal terms accusation means officially charging s


n. a person charged with a crime.


v. 1) generally to admit something, whether bad, good or in


n. the section at the end of a document where a notary publ


v. what a jury or judge sitting without a jury does at the


n. what an accused criminal defendant receives if he/she is


1) n. in general, any action by a person. 2) n. a statutory

act of God

n. a natural catastrophe which no one can prevent such as a


n. a lawsuit in which one party (or parties) sues another.<


adj. when enough facts or circumstances exist to meet the l

actual controversy

n. a true legal dispute which leads to a genuine lawsuit ra

actual notice

n. having been informed directly of something or having see

ad hoc

adj. Latin shorthand meaning "for this purpose only." Thus,

ad litem

adj. legal Latin meaning "for the purposes of the legal act

ad seriatim

adj. (add sear-ee-ah-tim) Latin for "one after another".

ad valorem

adj. Latin for "based on value," which applies to property


n. an addition to a completed written document. Most common


v. to revoke a gift made in a will by destroying, selling o


n. the act of adeeming, which is revoking (getting rid of)

adequate remedy

n. a remedy (money or performance) awarded by a court or th

adhesion contract

n.(contract of adhesion) a contract (often a signed form) s


v. the final closing of a meeting, such as a convention, a


n. the act of giving a judicial ruling such as a judgment o

adjusted basis

n. in accounting, the original cost of an asset adjusted fo


n. an employee (usually a non-lawyer) of an insurance compa


v. 1) to conduct the duties of a job or position. 2) partic

administrative hearing

n. a hearing before any governmental agency or before an ad

administrative law

n. the procedures created by administrative agencies (gover

administrative law judge

n. a professional hearing officer who works for the governm

Administrative Procedure Act

n. the federal act which established the rules and regulati


n. the person appointed by the court to handle the estate o


n. concerning activities which occur at sea, including on s

admissible evidence

n. evidence which the trial judge finds is useful in helpin


n. a statement made by a party to a lawsuit or a criminal d

admission against interest

n. an admission of the truth of a fact by any person, but e

admission of evidence

n. a judge's acceptance of evidence in a trial.

admission of guilt

n. a statement by someone accused of a crime that he/she co

admission to bail

n. an order of a court in a criminal case allowing an accus


v. 1) to state something is true in answering a complaint f


v. 1) to take on the relationship of parent to child of ano


n. the taking of a child into one's family, creating a pare


n. consensual sexual relations when one of the participants


n. a payment which is made before it is legally due, such a


n. a gift made by a person to one of his or her children or


adj. clearly contrary, such as an adverse party being the o

adverse interest

n. a right or concern that is contrary to the interest or c

adverse party

n. the opposite side in a lawsuit. Sometimes when there are

adverse possession

n. a means to acquire title to land through obvious occupan

adverse witness

n. a witness in a trial who is found by the judge to be adv

advisory opinion

n. an opinion stated by a judge or a court upon the request


n. a person who signs an affidavit and swears to its truth


n. 1) any written document in which the signer swears under


v. what an appeals court does if it agrees with and confirm

affirmative action

n. the process of a business or governmental agency in whic

affirmative defense

n. part of an answer to a charge or complaint in which a de


v. 1) to attach something to real estate in a permanent way

after-acquired property

n. 1) personal or real property acquired by a debtor after

after-acquired title

n. title to property acquired after the owner attempts to s

after-discovered evidence

n. evidence found by a losing party after a trial has been

age discrimination

n. an employer's unfair treatment of a current or potential

age of consent


why do husbands have affairs

n. the relationship of a person (called the agent) who acts


n. a person who is authorized to act for another (the agent

agent for acceptance of service

n. states require that a corporation name an actual person

aggravated assault

n. the crime of physically attacking another person which r

agreed statement

n. occasionally the two parties on opposite sides of a laws


1) n. any meeting of the minds, even without legal obligati

aid and abet

v. help commit a crime. A lawyer redundancy since abet mean


adj. uncertain; usually applied to insurance contracts in w


n. 1) a name used other than the given name of a person or


n. an excuse used by a person accused or suspected of a cri


1) n. a person who is not a citizen of the country. 2) in t


n. the transfer of title to real property, voluntarily and

alienation of affections

n. convincing a wife to leave her husband, often for anothe


n. support paid by one ex-spouse to the other as ordered by


(al-ee-kwoh) adj. a definite fractional share, usually appl

all the estate I own

n. a phrase from a poorly drafted will which means the poss


n. a statement of claimed fact contained in a complaint (a


v. to claim a fact is true, commonly in a complaint which i


n. an increase in one's land from soil deposited on the sho

alter ego

n. a corporation, organization or other entity set up to pr

alternative pleading

n. a legal fiction in which a party to a lawsuit or a defen


n. when language has more than one meaning. If the ambiguit


v. to alter or change by adding, subtracting, or substituti

amended complaint

n. what results when the party suing (plaintiff or petition

amended pleading

n. a changed written pleading in a lawsuit, including compl

American Bar Association

n. the largest organization of American lawyers, which has

American Civil Liberties Union

n. a membership organization founded in 1920 to defend and

American Depository Receipt

n. called in the banking trade an ADR, it is a receipt issu

amicus curiae

n. Latin for "friend of the court," a party or an organizat


n. a blanket abolition of an offense by the government, wit


n. a periodic payment plan to pay a debt in which the inter

ancillary administration

n. administration of an estate's assets in another state. A

ancillary jurisdiction

n. a term used in federal courts when the court decides mat


conj. this little word is important in law, particularly wh


n. 1) an annual sum paid from a policy or gift. 2) short fo


n. in law, a written pleading filed by a defendant to respo

antenuptial (prenuptial) agreement

n. a written contract between two people who are about to m

anticipatory breach

n. when a party to a contract repudiates (reneges on) his/h

antitrust laws

n. acts adopted by Congress to outlaw or restrict business

apparent authority

n. the appearance of being the agent of another (employer o


1) v. to ask a higher court to reverse the decision of a tr


v. for a party or an attorney to show up in court.


n. the act of a party or an attorney showing up in court. O


n. the party who appeals a trial court decision he/she/it h

appellate court

n. a court of appeals which hears appeals from lower court


n. in some jurisdictions the name used for the party who ha


v. to professionally evaluate the value of property includ-


n. a professional who makes appraisals of the value of prop


v. to increase in value over a period of time through the n


n. the increase in value through the natural course of even


v. short for "approach the bench," as in "may I approach, y

approach the bench

v. an attorney's movement from the counsel table to the fro

approach the witness

v. a request by an attorney to the judge for permission to


adj. pertaining to something that attaches. In real propert


n. in some jurisdictions the name for a referee appointed b


adj. not supported by fair or substantial cause or reason.


n. a mini-trial, which may be for a lawsuit ready to go to


n. one who conducts an arbitration, and serves as a judge w


prep. Latin meaning "for the sake of argument," used by law


adj. the characterization of a question asked by the opposi

arm's length

adj. the description of an agreement made by two parties fr


v. to bring a criminal defendant before the court, at which


n. the hearing in which a person charged with a crime is ar


n. money not paid when due, usually the sum of a series of


v. 1) to take or hold a suspected criminal with legal autho

arrest warrant

n. a judge's order to law enforcement officers to arrest an


n. the felony crime of intentionally burning a house or oth


n. a paragraph or section of any writing such as each porti

articles of impeachment

n. the charges brought (filed) to impeach a public official

articles of incorporation

n. the basic charter of a corporation which spells out the

as is

adj. description of a condition in a sales contract in whic


1) v. the threat or attempt to strike another, whether succ

assault and battery

n. the combination of the two crimes of threat (assault) an


v. to set a value on property, usually for the purpose of c


n. generally any item of property that has monetary value,


1) v. to transfer to another person any asset such as real

assigned risk

n. a person whose official driving record (accidents and ti


n. a person to whom property is transferred by sale or gift


n. the act of transferring an interest in property or some

assignment for benefit of creditors

n. a method used for a debtor to work out a payment schedul

Associate Justice

n. a member of the U.S. Supreme Court appointed by the Pres


n. any group of people who have joined together for a parti


v. to take over the liability for a debt on a promissory no


n. the act of taking over a debt as part of payment for pro

assumption of risk

n. 1) taking a chance in a potentially dangerous situation.


n. the person or entity that is insured, often found in ins

at will employment

n. a provision found in many employment contracts which sug


adj. 1) referring to two buildings which are connected, or


n. the seizing of money or property prior to getting a judg


v. and n. to actually try to commit a crime and have the ab


v. 1) to confirm (usually in writing) that a document is ge


n. the act of witnessing a signature for the purpose of dec


n. 1) an agent or someone authorized to act for another. 2)

attorney at law (or attorney-at-law)

n. (or attorney-at-law) a slightly fancier way of saying at

Attorney General

n. in each state and the federal government the highest ran

attorney of record

n. the attorney who has appeared in court and/or signed ple

attorney's advertising

n. the commercials which appear on television or crowd the

attorney's fee

n. the payment for legal services. It can take several form

attorney's work product

n. written materials, charts, notes of conversations and in

attorney-client privilege

n. the requirement that an attorney may not reveal communic


n. someone specifically named by another through a written

attractive nuisance doctrine

n. a legal doctrine which makes a person negligent for leav


n. an examination by a trained accountant of the financial


n. an accountant who conducts an audit to verify the accura


n. 1) previous decisions by courts of appeal which provide


n. permission, a right coupled with the power to do an act


v. to officially empower someone to act.


n. the change in the border of two properties due to a sudd


1) n. the decision of an arbitrator or commissioner (or any

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