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earnest payment

n. a deposit paid to demonstrate commitment and to bind a c

easement

n. the right to use the real property of another for a spec

egress

n. way of departure. A word usually used in conjunction wit

EIR

n. popular acronym for environmental impact report, require

ejectment

n. a lawsuit brought to remove a party who is occupying rea

ejusdem generis

(eh-youse-dem generous) v adj. Latin for "of the same kind,

elder law

n. a specialty in legal practice, covering estate planning,

election of remedies

n. an outmoded requirement that if a plaintiff (party filin

election under the will

n. in those states which have statutes which give a widow a

eleemosynary

(eh-luh-moss-uh-nary) adj. charitable, as applied to a purp

element

n. 1) an essential requirement to a cause of action (the ri

emancipation

n. freeing a minor child from the control of parents and al

embezzlement

n. the crime of stealing the funds or property of an employ

embezzler

n. a person who commits the crime of embezzlement by fraudu

emblements

n. crops to which a tenant who cultivated the land is entit

emergency

n. a sudden, unforeseen happening which requires action to

eminent domain

n. the power of a governmental entity (federal, state, coun

emolument

n. salary, wages and benefits paid for employment or an off

emotional distress

n. an increasingly popular basis for a claim of damages in

employee

n. a person who is hired for a wage, salary, fee or payment

employer

n. a person or entity which hires the services of another c

employment

n. the hiring of a person for compensation. It is important

en banc

(on bonk) French for "in the bench," it signifies a decisio

enabling clause

n. a provision in a new statute which empowers a particular

enclosure

(inclosure)n. land bounded by a fence, wall, hedge, ditch o

encroach

v. to build a structure which is in whole or in part across

encroachment

n. the act of building a structure which is in whole or in

encumbrance

(incumbrance)n. a general term for any claim or lien on a p

endorse (indorse)

v. 1) to sign one's name to the back of a check, bill of ex

endorsement

(indorsement)n. 1) the act of the owner or payee signing hi

endowment

n. the creation of a fund, often by gift or bequest from a

enjoin

v. for a court to order that someone either do a specific a

enjoyment

n. 1) to exercise a right. 2) pleasure. 3) the use of funds

enter a judgment

v. to officially record a judgment on the "judgment roll,"

entity

n. a general term for any institution, company, corporation

entrapment

n. in criminal law, the act of law enforcement officers or

entry of judgment

n. the placement of a judgment on the official roll of judg

environmental impact report

n. a study of all the factors which a land development or c

environmental law

n. a body of state and federal statutes intended to protect

equal opportunity

1) n. a right supposedly guaranteed by both federal and man

equal protection of the law

n. the right of all persons to have the same access to the

equitable

adj. 1) just, based on fairness and not legal technicalitie

equitable estoppel

n. where a court will not grant a judgment or other legal r

equitable lien

n. a lien on property imposed by a court in order to achiev

equity

n. 1) a venerable group of rights and procedures to provide

equity of redemption

n. the right of a mortgagor (person owing on a loan or debt

equivalent

: n., adj. equal in value, force or meaning.

ergo

(air-go)conj. Latin for "therefore," often used in legal wr

erroneous

adj. 1) in error, wrong. 2) not according to established la

error

n. a mistake by a judge in procedure or in substantive law,

errors and omissions

n. short hand for malpractice insurance which gives physici

escalator clause

n. a provision in a lease or other agreement in which rent,

escape clause

n. a provision in a contract which allows one of the partie

escheat

n. from old French eschete, which meant "that which falls t

escrow

1) n. a form of account held by an "escrow agent" (an indiv

escrow agent

n. a person or entity holding documents and funds in a tran

escrow instructions

n. the written instructions by buyer and seller of real est

espionage

n. the crime of spying on the federal government and/or tra

esquire

n. a form of address showing that someone is an attorney, u

estate

n. 1) all that one owns in real estate and other assets. 2)

estate by entirety

n. tenancy by the entirety

when yo

estate tax

n. generally a federal tax on the transfer of a dead person

estop

v. to halt, bar or prevent.

click

estoppel

n. a bar or impediment (obstruction) which precludes a pers

et al.

n. abbreviation for the Latin phrase et alii meaning "and o

et seq.

(et seek) n. abbreviation for the Latin phrase et sequentes

et ux.

(et uhks) n. abbreviation for the Latin words et uxor meani

evasion of tax

n. the intentional attempt to avoid paying taxes through fr

eviction

n. a generic word for the act of expelling (kicking out) so

evidence

n. every type of proof legally presented at trial (allowed

ex delicto

(ex dee-lick-toe)adj. Latin for a reference to something th

ex officio

a (ex oh-fish-ee-oh)dj. Latin for "from the office," to des

ex parte

(ex par-tay, but popularly, ex party) adj. Latin meaning "f

ex post facto

adj. Latin for "after the fact," which refers to laws adopt

ex rel.

conj. abbreviation for Latin ex relatione, meaning "upon be

examination

n. 1) the questioning of a witness by an attorney. Direct e

exception

n. 1) a formal objection during trial ("We take exception,

exception in deed

n. a notation in a deed of title to real property which sta

excessive bail

n. an amount of bail ordered posted by an accused defendant

exchange

1) v. to trade or barter property, goods and/or services fo

excise

n. a tax upon manufacture, sale or for a business license o

exclusionary rule

n. the rule that evidence secured by illegal means and in b

exculpatory

adj. applied to evidence which may justify or excuse an acc

excusable neglect

n. a legitimate excuse for the failure of a party or his/he

execute

v. 1) to finish, complete or perform as required, as in ful

executed

1) adj. to have been completed. (Example: "it is an execute

execution

n. 1) the act of getting an officer of the court to take po

executive clemency

n. the power of a President in federal criminal cases, and

executive order

n. a President's or Governor's declaration which has the fo

executive privilege

n. a claim by the President or another high official of the

executor

n. the person appointed to administer the estate of a perso

executory

adj. something not yet performed or done. Examples: an exec

executory interest

n. an interest in property (particularly real estate) which

executrix

(pl. executrices) n. Latin for female executor. However, th

exemplary damages

n. often called punitive damages, these are damages request

exemption

n. 1) in income taxation, a credit given for each dependent

exhibit

n. 1) a document or object (including a photograph) introdu

expectancy

n. a possibility of future enjoyment of something one count

expense

n. in business accounting and business taxation, any curren

expert testimony

n. opinions stated during trial or deposition (testimony un

expert witness

n. a person who is a specialist in a subject, often technic

express

adj. direct, unambiguous, distinct language, particularly i

express contract

n. a contract in which all elements are specifically stated

expropriation

n. a taking of property or rights by governmental authority

extension

n. granting of a specific amount of extra time to make a pa

extenuating circumstances

n. surrounding factors (sometimes called mitigation) which

extinguishment

n. the cancellation or destruction of a right, quite often

extortion

n. obtaining money or property by threat to a victim's prop

extradition

n. the surrender by one state or country of a person charge

extrajudicial

adj. referring to actions outside the judicial (court) syst

extraordinary fees

n. attorneys' fees claimed, usually in the administration o

extreme cruelty

n. an archaic requirement to show infliction of physical or

extrinsic fraud

n. fraudulent acts which keep a person from obtaining infor

eyewitness

n. a person who has actually seen an event and can so testi

     
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