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face amount

n. the original amount due on a promissory note or insuranc

face value

n. in shares of stock, the original cost of the stock shown


n. an actual thing or happening, which must be proved at tr

fact finder (finder of fact)

n. in a trial of a lawsuit or criminal prosecution, the jur


n. 1) a salesman who sells in his/her own name on behalf of

failure of consideration

n. not delivering goods or services when promised in a cont

failure of issue

n. when someone dies leaving no children or other direct de

fair comment

n. a statement of opinion (no matter how ludicrous) based o

fair market value

n. the amount for which property would sell on the open mar

fair trade laws

n. state laws which permit manufacturers or producers to se

fair use

n. the non-competitive right to use of copyrighted material

false arrest

n. physically detaining someone without the legal right to

false imprisonment

n. depriving someone of freedom of movement by holding a pe

false pretenses

n. the crime of knowingly making untrue statements for the


n. 1) husband, wife and children. 2) all blood relations. 3

family purpose doctrine

n. a rule of law that the registered owner of an automobile

federal courts

n. the court system which handles civil and criminal cases

federal question

n. one basis for filing a lawsuit in federal district court

Federal Tort Claims Act

n. a statute (1948) which removed the power of the federal


n. 1) absolute title in land, from old French, fief, for "p

fee simple

n. absolute title to land, free of any other claims against

fee tail

n. an old feudal expression for a title to real property wh


n. a person who has been convicted of a felony, which is a


adj. referring to an act done with criminal intent. The ter


n. 1) a crime sufficiently serious to be punishable by deat

felony murder doctrine

n. a rule of criminal statutes that any death which occurs

fertile octogenarian

n. an unrealistic notion that any person (male or female) i

fictitious defendants

n. when a party suing (plaintiff) is not sure if he/she kno


1) n. from the Latin fiducia, meaning "trust," a person (or

fiduciary relationship

n. where one person places complete confidence in another i

fighting words

n. words intentionally directed toward another person which


1) v. to deposit with the clerk of the court a written comp

final decree

n. another name for a final judgment. In states where there

final judgment

n. the written determination of a lawsuit by the judge who

final settlement

n. an agreement reached by the parties to a lawsuit, usuall


n. the determination of a factual question vital (contribut

findings of fact


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firm offer

n. in contract law, an offer (usually in writing) which sta

first degree murder

n. although it varies from state to state, it is generally

first impression

adj. referring to a legal issue which has never been decide


n. a piece of equipment which has been attached to real est


n. running away or hiding by a person officially accused of

floating easement

n. an easement (a right to use another's property for a par


1) adj. short for free on board, meaning shipped to a speci

for value received

prep. a phrase used in a promissory note, a bill of exchang


n. an intentional delay in collecting a debt or demanding p

forced sale

n. a sale of goods seized by the sheriff to satisfy (pay) a

forcible entry

n. the crime of taking possession of a house or other struc


n. the system by which a party who has loaned money secured

foreclosure sale

n. the actual forced sale of real property at a public auct

foreign corporation

n. a corporation which is incorporated under the laws of a


1) adj. from Latin forensis for "belonging to the forum," a

forensic medicine

n. research, reports and testimony in court by experts in m

forensic testimony

n. any testimony of expert scientific, engineering, economi


n. public speaking or argumentation.


n. reasonable anticipation of the possible results of an ac

foreseeable risk

n. a danger which a reasonable person should anticipate as


v. to lose property or rights involuntarily as a penalty fo


n. loss of property due to a violation of law.


n. a person who commits the crime of forgery, by making fal


n. 1) the crime of creating a false document, altering a do


n. sexual intercourse between a man and woman who are not m


adv. a term found in contracts, court orders and statutes,


n. a court which has jurisdiction to hold a trial of a part

forum non conveniens

(for-uhm nahn cahn-vee-nee-ehns) n. Latin for a forum which

foster child

n. a child without parental support and protection, placed

four corners of an instrument

n. the term for studying an entire document to understand i


1) n. a right granted by the government to a person or corp

franchise tax

n. a state tax on corporations or businesses.


n. the intentional use of deceit, a trick or some dishonest

fraud in the inducement

n. the use of deceit or trick to cause someone to act to hi

fraudulent conveyance

n. the transfer (conveyance) of title to real property for

free and clear

adj. referring to the ownership of real property upon which

free on board (FOB)

adj. referring to purchased goods shipped without transport


n. any interest in real property which is a life estate or

fresh pursuit

n. immediate chase of a suspected criminal by a law enforce

friendly suit

n. a lawsuit filed in order to obtain a court order when th


v. quickly patting down the clothes of a possible criminal


adj. referring to a legal move in a lawsuit clearly intende

fruit of the poisonous tree

n. in criminal law, the doctrine that evidence discovered d

frustration of purpose

n. sometimes called commercial frustration, when unexpected

fugitive from justice

n. a person convicted or accused of a crime who hides from

full disclosure

n. the need in business transactions to tell the "whole tru

full faith and credit

n. the provision in Article IV, Section 1 of the U.S. Const

fungible things

n. sometimes merely called "fungibles," goods which are int

future interest

n. a right to receive either real property or personal prop

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