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labor and materials

(time and materials) n. what some builders or repair people


n. the legal doctrine that a legal right or claim will not


n. real property, real estate (and all that grows thereon),


n. female of landlord or owner of real property from whom o


adj. referring to a parcel of real property which has no ac


n. a person who owns real property and rents or leases it t

landlord and tenant

n. the name for the area of law concerning renting and leas

landlord's lien

n. the right of a landlord to sell abandoned personal prope


1) v. to fail to occur, particularly a gift made in a will.


n. the crime of taking the goods of another person without

last antecedent rule

n. a doctrine of interpretation (construction) of statutes

last clear chance

n. a rule of law in determining responsibility for damages

last will and testament

n. a fancy and redundant way of saying "will." Lawyers and

latent defect

n. a hidden flaw, weakness or imperfection in an article wh

lateral support

n. the right of a land- owner to assurance that his/her nei


n. 1) any system of regulations to govern the conduct of th

law and motion calendar

n. a court calendar in which only motions and special legal

law book

n. any of numerous volumes dealing with law, including stat

law of admiralty

n. statutes, customs and treaties dealing with actions on n

law of the case

n. once a judge has decided a legal question during the con

law of the land

n. a slang term for existing laws.


n. a common term for a legal action by one person or entity

lay a foundation

v. in evidence, to provide to the judge the qualification o


1) v. short for "leading the witness," in which the attorne

leading question

n. a question asked of a witness by an attorney during a tr

leading the witness

n. asking a question during a trial or deposition which put


1) n. a written agreement in which the owner of property (e


n. the real estate which is the subject of a lease (a writt


n. a gift of personal property or money to a beneficiary (l


adj., adv. according to law, not in violation of law or any

legal action

n. any lawsuit, petition or prosecution.

legal advertising

n. 1) notices of probate sales and other documents required

legal age

n. the age at which a person is responsible for his/her own

legal aid society

n. an organization formed to assist persons who have limite

legal duty

n. the responsibility to others to act according to the law

legal fiction

n. a presumption of fact assumed by a court for convenience

legal separation

n. a court-decreed right to live apart, with the rights and

legal services

n. the work performed by a lawyer for a client.

legal tender

n. all money issued by the government.


n. slang for the sometimes arcane, convoluted and specializ


n. a person or organization receiving a gift of an object o


adj., adv1) legal, proper, real. 2) referring to a child bo

lemon law

n. statutes adopted in some states to make it easier for a


n. the person renting property under a written lease from t

lesser crime


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lesser-included offense

n. in criminal law, a crime which is proved by the same fac


n. the owner of real property who rents it to a lessee purs


v. 1) to allow or permit. This is distinguished from "again

letter of credit

n. a document issued by a bank guaranteeing to provide a cu


n. shorthand for letters testamentary or letters of adminis

letters of administration

n. a document issued by the court clerk which states the au

letters testamentary

n. a document issued by the court clerk which states the au


1) n. the use of borrowed money to purchase real estate or


1) v. to seize (take) property upon a writ of execution (an

lewd and lascivious

adj., adv. references to conduct which includes people livi


n. one of the most significant words in the field of law, l


adj. responsible or obligated. Thus, a person or entity may


1) n. to publish in print (including pictures), writing or

libel per se

n. broadcast or written publication of a false statement ab


n. freedom from restraint and the power to follow one's own


1) n. governmental permission to perform a particular act (


n. a person given a license by the government or under priv


n. a person who gives another a license, particularly a pri

lie detector test

n. a popular name for a polygraph which tests the physiolog


n. any official claim or charge against property or funds f


n. a person who holds a lien on another's property or funds

life estate

n. the right to use or occupy real property for one's life.

life without possibility of parole

n. a sentence sometimes given for particularly vicious crim

limitation of actions

n. the period of time in which a person has to file with th

limited jurisdiction

n. courts' authority over certain types of cases such as ba

limited liability

n. the maximum amount a person participating in a business

limited partnership

n. a special type of partnership which is very common when

lineal descendant

n. a person who is in direct line to an ancestor, such as c


n. a law enforcement method used in an attempt to have a wi


v. to sell the assets of a business, paying bills and divid

liquidated damages

n. an amount of money agreed upon by both parties to a cont

lis pendens

(lease pen-dense) n. Latin for "a suit pending," a written

literary property

n. the writings of an author which entitles him/her to the


n. any party to a lawsuit. This means plaintiff, defendant,


n. any lawsuit or other resort to the courts to determine a


adj. referring to a person who constantly brings or prolong

living trust

n. sometimes called an inter vivos (Latin for "within one's

living will

n. also called "a durable power of attorney," it is a docum


(low-cuss) n. Latin for "place," it means "place which" thi


v. to linger or hang around in a public place or business w

long cause

n. a lawsuit in which it is estimated that a trial will tak

long-arm statute

n. law which gives a local state court jurisdiction over an


n. 1) the value placed on injury or damages due to an accid

loss of bargain

n. the inability to complete a sale or other business deal,

loss of consortium

n. the inability of one's spouse to have normal marital rel

loss of use

n. the inability to use an automobile, premises or some equ

lower court

n. 1) any court of lesser rank, such as municipal or justic

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