A I B I C I D I E I F I G I H I I I I J I K I L I M I
N I O I P I Q I R I S I T I U I V I W I X I Y I Z I
a history of the title to a piece of property, with all
conveyances, transfers, encumberances, and liens.
a person who contributes to the commission of a crime
in a minor way
an unforeseen event, even one due to the negligence of
a person who contributes to the commission or attempted
commission of a crime in a major way so as to be held
accountable for the same crime.
a lawsuit brought by one business partner against another
in order to see a formal accounting statement of the partnership.
a criminal charge against a person or corporation
to bring a formal criminal charge against a person or
the person who is charged with a criminal offense; the
to set free from a criminal charge.
Action (at law)
a judicial proceeding brought by one person against another
or a corporation to get compensation for a wrong or stop
the other party from committing a wrong; to prosecute.
Wrongful behavior that may provide reasons for a law suit.
A "wrongful deed," "guilty act" or
"deed of crime." All crimes have two elements:
performing the act (actus reus), and the intent to commit
the act (mens rea).
A written statement sworn to be true before an authorized
officer such as a notary public.
Procedure where a party to a legal proceeding asks a higher
court to reverse or modify a lower court's decision.
Dispute resolution by a third party who has been chosen
by opposing parties who agree to abide by the decision.
The initial appearance of the defendant before the court
where charges are read.
Articles of Incorporation
The basic rules and laws governing the operation of a
Total resources or property of a person or business, such
as cash, notes and accounts receivable, securities, inventories,
goodwill, or real estate.
The right of a person and duty of his attorney to keep
their communications confidential.
The official examination of financial accounts.
is never safe to assume that the only priority of the
other side is that they are “out to get you."
The opposition has many pressures and priorities of which
you are unaware. The continuing opportunity of interaction
is necessary for the development of cooperation, but is
not sufficient if the other side is never encouraged to
n. the appearance of being the agent of another (employer
or principal) with the power to act for the principal.
Since under the law of agency the employer (the principal)
is liable for the acts of his employee (agent), if a person
who is not an agent appears to an outsider (a customer)
to have been given authority by the principal, then the
principal is stuck for the acts of anyone he allows to
appear to have authority.
1) v. to ask a higher court to reverse the decision of
a trial court after final judgment or other legal ruling.
After the lower court judgment is entered into the record,
the losing party (appellant) must file a notice of appeal,
request transcripts or other records of the trial court
(or agree with the other party on an "agreed-upon
statement"), file briefs with the appeals court citing
legal reasons for over-turning the ruling, and show how
those reasons (usually other appeal decisions called "precedents")
relate to the facts in the case.
v. for a party or an attorney to show up in court.
n. a court of appeals which hears appeals from lower court
decisions. The term is often used in legal briefs to describe
a court of appeals.
v. to professionally evaluate the value of property includ-
ing real estate, jewelry, antique furniture, securities,
or in certain cases the loss of value (or cost of replacement)
due to damage.
n. a professional who makes appraisals of the value of
property. Some specialize in real property, and others
in other types of assets from rugs to rings..
n. money not paid when due, usually the sum of a series
of unpaid amounts, such as rent, installments on an account
or promissory note, or monthly child support. Sometimes
these are called "arrearages."
v. 1) to take or hold a suspected criminal with legal
authority, as by a law enforcement officer. An arrest
may be made legally based on a warrant issued by a court
after receiving a sworn statement of probable cause to
believe there has been a crime committed by this person,
for an apparent crime committed in the presence of the
arresting officer, or upon probable cause to believe a
crime has been committed by that person
1) v. the threat or attempt to strike another, whether
successful or not, provided the target is aware of the
danger. The assaulter must be reasonably capable of carrying
through the attack. In some states if the assault is with
a deadly weapon (such as sniping with a rifle), the intended
victim does not need to know of the peril.
n. the act of witnessing a signature for the purpose of
declaring that a document (like a will) was properly signed
and declared by the signer to be his or her signature
n. an examination by a trained accountant of the financial
records of a business or governmental entity, including
noting improper or careless practices, recommendations
for improvements, and a balancing of the books
v. to officially empower someone to act.
1) n. the decision of an arbitrator or commissioner (or
any non-judicial arbiter) of a controversy. 2) v. to give
a judgment of money to a party to a lawsuit, arbitration,
or administrative claim.