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Bachelor of Laws

n. the degree in law from a law school, abbreviated to LLB,

back-to-back life sentences

n. slang for consecutive life terms imposed by a judge when

bad debt

n. an uncollectible debt. The problem is to determine when

bad faith

1) n. intentional dishonest act by not fulfilling legal or


1) n. the money or bond put up to secure the release of a p

bail bond

n. a bond provided by an insurance company through a bail b

bail bondsman

n. a professional agent for an insurance company who specia


n. a person, also called a custodian, with whom some articl


n. 1) a court official, usually a deputy sheriff, who keeps


n. 1) the act of placing property in the custody and contro


n. a person who leaves goods in the custody of another, usu

bait and switch

n. a dishonest sales practice in which a business advertise

balance due

n. the amount of a debt still owed on an account or the pri

balance sheet

n. the statement of the assets and the liabilities (amounts


n. 1) an officially chartered institution empowered to rece


n. a federal system of statutes and courts which permits pe

bankruptcy court

n. the specialized federal court in which bankruptcy matter

bankruptcy proceedings

n. the bankruptcy procedure is: a) filing a petition (volun


1) n. collectively all attorneys, as "the bar," which comes

bar association

n. an organization of lawyers. There are two types, one of

bar examination

n. the examination given in each state by either the highes


n. 1) a mutual agreement or contract between two parties wh


n. creating legal business by stirring up disputes and quar


n. in the United States a fancy name for a lawyer or attorn


n. the original cost of an asset to be used to determine th


n. the actual intentional striking of someone, with intent

beach bum trust provision

n. a requirement in a trust that a beneficiary can only rec


n. anyone holding something, such as a check, promissory no

bearer paper

n. negotiable instrument (e.g. a bond) which is payable to


n. convinced of the truth of a statement or allegation. In


n. 1) general term for all judges, as in "the bench," or fo

bench warrant

n. a warrant issued by a judge, often to command someone to

beneficial interest

n. the right of a party to some profit, distribution, or be

beneficial use

n. the right to enjoy the use of something (particularly su


n. a broad definition for any person or entity (like a char


1) n. any profit or acquired right or privilege, primarily

benefit of counsel

n. having the opportunity to have an attorney and legal adv


v. to give personal property under provisions of a will (as


n. the gift of personal property under the terms of a will.

best evidence rule

n. the legal doctrine that an original piece of evidence, p


n. copulation by a human with an animal, which is a crime i

beyond a reasonable doubt

adj. part of jury instructions in all criminal trials, in w


n. slang for bona fide purchaser, which means someone who p


n. the predisposition of a judge, arbitrator, prospective j


n. an offer to purchase with a specific price stated. It in


v. the order or ruling of a judge that one issue in a case


n. the act of a judge in dividing issues before a trial so


n. the condition of having two wives or two husbands at the

bilateral contract

n. an agreement in which the parties exchange promises for


n. 1) what is commonly called a "check" by which the signer

bill of attainder

n. a legislative act which declares a named person guilty o

bill of exchange

n. a writing by a party (maker or drawer) ordering another

bill of lading

n. a receipt obtained by the shipper of goods from the carr

bill of particulars

n. a written itemization of claims which a defendant in a l

Bill of Rights

n. the first ten amendments to the federal Constitution dem

bill of sale

n. a written statement attesting to the transfer (sale) of


n. a written statement of the key terms of an agreement, in


n. the crime of threatening to reveal embarrassing, disgrac

blank endorsement

n. endorsement of a check or other negotiable paper without

blue laws

n. state or local laws which prohibit certain activities, p

blue ribbon jury

n. a jury selected from prominent, well-educated citizens,

blue sky laws

n. laws intended to protect the public from purchasing stoc

board of directors

n. the policy managers of a corporation or organization ele

boiler room

n. a telephone bank operation in which fast-talking telemar


n., adj. slang for provisions in a contract, form or legal

bona fide

adj. Latin for "good faith," it signifies honesty, the "rea

bona fide purchaser

n. commonly called BFP in legal and banking circles; a pers


n. 1) written evidence of debt issued by a company with the


n. 1) someone who sells bail bonds. 2) a surety (guarantor

booby trap

n. a device set up to be triggered to harm or kill anyone e

book account

n. an account of a customer kept in a business ledger of de

book value

n. a determination of the value of a corporation's stock by


n. a mortgage contract in which a ship and/or its freight i


n. organized refusal to purchase products or patronize a st


1) n. literally, a break. A breach may be a failure to perf

breach of contract

n. failing to perform any term of a contract, written or or

breach of promise

n. historically, the dumping of a female fiancee by her int

breach of the peace

n. any act which disturbs the public or even one person. It

breach of trust

n. 1) any act which is in violation of the duties of a trus

breach of warranty

n. determination that a statement as to title of property,

breaking and entering

n. 1) the criminal act of entering a residence or other enc


n. the crime of giving or taking money or some other valuab


1) n. a written legal argument, usually in a format prescri


n. in general, a person who arranges contracts between a bu

brought to trial

v. the act of actually beginning a trial, usually signaled

bucket shop

n. an unofficial and usually illegal betting operation in w

building and loan

n. another name for savings and loan association. As the na

bulk sale

n. the sale of all or a large part of a merchant's stock as

bulk sales acts

n. state laws (spelled out in the Uniform Commercial Code a

bulk transfer

bulk sale

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n. anything that results in a restrictive load upon somethi

burden of proof

n. the requirement that the plaintiff (the party bringing a


n. the crime of breaking and entering into a structure for


n. any activity or enterprise entered into for profit. It d

business invitee

n. a person entering commercial premises for the purpose of

but for rule

n. one of several tests to determine if a defendant is resp

buy-sell agreement

n. a contract among the owners of a business which provides


n. the written rules for conduct of a corporation, associat

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