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Below are some common legal terms which I hope you find educational and useful.
A written statement made under oath.
A request to a supervisory court to overturn the legal ruling of a lower court.
A process to help when people cannot pay their debts.
An outline of the basic terms of a proposed sales contract.
Latin for "buyer beware." Generally applies to all sales between individuals.
Class Action Suit
A lawsuit in which one or more parties file a complaint on behalf of themselves.
A supplement to a will.
Money awarded to reimburse actual costs.
Person appointed to manage the finances of another.
The financial compensation awarded to someone who was harmed by someone's wrongful act.
A written legal document that describes a piece of property.
The person accused of the crime.
Part of the pre-trial discovery process in which a witness testifies under oath.
Any claim or restriction on a property's title.
Money or documents held by a third party until the conditions of an agreement are met.
All the property a person owns.
The various things presented in court to prove an alleged fact.
Person named in a will to oversee and manage an estate.
Latin that means "by or for one party." Refers to situations in which only one party appears before a judge.
A witness with a specialized knowledge of a subject.
When a borrower cannot repay a loan and the lender seeks to sell the property.
A court order in which a portion of a person's salary is paid to a creditor.
A group of citizens convened in a criminal case.
The person who sets up a trust.
Failure to use even the slightest amount of care.
To die without a will.
Also known as a beneficiary.
Laws that require manufacturers to repair defective cars.
Any legal responsibility, duty or obligation.
Defamatory written statements or materials.
A claim against someone's property.
The amount of money specified in a contract to be awarded in the event that the agreement is violated.
Improper or negligent behavior by a professional, such as a doctor or a lawyer.
A neutral third party helps resolve a dispute.
Information that tend to lessen the sentence or crime.
A request asking a judge to issue a ruling on a legal matter.
A failure to use the care that a reasonable person would use under similar circumstances.
Notice of Appeal
The document a person must file with the trial court in order to pursue an appeal.
A court action to divide property.
Challenges each side in a trial can use to eliminate potential jurors without stating a reason.
A person knowingly makes a false statement while under oath.
A written application to the court asking for specific action to be taken.
The person who initiates a lawsuit.
Power of Attorney
The authority to act legally for someone else.
A previously decided case that is considered binding.
Latin for "at first view." Refers to the minimum amount of evidence a plaintiff must have.
The legal process in which a court oversees the distribution of property left in a will.
Quid Pro Quo
Latin phrase that means something for something.
Refers to the up front payment a client gives a lawyer to accept a case.
Service of Process
The act of notifying the other parties that an action has begun.
The resolution by the parties in a civil lawsuit.
Statutes of Limitations
Laws setting deadlines for filing lawsuits within a certain time after events occur.
An order to appear to testify or produce documents.
The closing argument in a trial.
A legal document notifying a party that a lawsuit has been initiated.
A civil wrong that result in an injury to a person or property.
A French phrase that means "to speak the truth." The process of interviewing prospective jurors.
Person who comes to court and swears under oath to give truthful evidence.
A judicial order.