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Bachelor of Laws
n. the degree in law from a law school, abbreviated to LLB, which...
back-to-back life sentences
n. slang for consecutive life terms imposed by a judge when there...
bad debt
n. an uncollectible debt. The problem is to determine when a debt...
bad faith
1) n. intentional dishonest act by not fulfilling legal or contra...
bail
1) n. the money or bond put up to secure the release of a person ...
bail bond
n. a bond provided by an insurance company through a bail bondsma...
bail bondsman
n. a professional agent for an insurance company who specializes ...
bailee
n. a person, also called a custodian, with whom some article is l...
bailiff
n. 1) a court official, usually a deputy sheriff, who keeps order...
bailment
n. 1) the act of placing property in the custody and control of a...
bailor
n. a person who leaves goods in the custody of another, usually u...
bait and switch
n. a dishonest sales practice in which a business advertises a ba...
balance due
n. the amount of a debt still owed on an account or the principal...
balance sheet
n. the statement of the assets and the liabilities (amounts owed)...
bank
n. 1) an officially chartered institution empowered to receive de...
bankruptcy
n. a federal system of statutes and courts which permits persons ...
bankruptcy court
n. the specialized federal court in which bankruptcy matters unde...
bankruptcy proceedings
n. the bankruptcy procedure is: a) filing a petition (voluntary o...
bar
1) n. collectively all attorneys, as "the bar," which comes from ...
bar association
n. an organization of lawyers. There are two types, one of which ...
bar examination
n. the examination given in each state by either the highest cour...
bargain
n. 1) a mutual agreement or contract between two parties which is...
barratry
n. creating legal business by stirring up disputes and quarrels, ...
barrister
n. in the United States a fancy name for a lawyer or attorney. In...
basis
n. the original cost of an asset to be used to determine the amou...
battery
n. the actual intentional striking of someone, with intent to har...
beach bum trust provision
n. a requirement in a trust that a beneficiary can only receive p...
bearer
n. anyone holding something, such as a check, promissory note, ba...
bearer paper
n. negotiable instrument (e.g. a bond) which is payable to whoeve...
belief
n. convinced of the truth of a statement or allegation. In a comm...
bench
n. 1) general term for all judges, as in "the bench," or for the ...
bench warrant
n. a warrant issued by a judge, often to command someone to appea...
beneficial interest
n. the right of a party to some profit, distribution, or benefit ...
beneficial use
n. the right to enjoy the use of something (particularly such ple...
beneficiary
n. a broad definition for any person or entity (like a charity) w...
benefit
1) n. any profit or acquired right or privilege, primarily throug...
benefit of counsel
n. having the opportunity to have an attorney and legal advice in...
bequeath
v. to give personal property under provisions of a will (as disti...
bequest
n. the gift of personal property under the terms of a will. Beque...
best evidence rule
n. the legal doctrine that an original piece of evidence, particu...
bestiality
n. copulation by a human with an animal, which is a crime in all ...
beyond a reasonable doubt
adj. part of jury instructions in all criminal trials, in which t...
BFP
n. slang for bona fide purchaser, which means someone who purchas...
bias
n. the predisposition of a judge, arbitrator, prospective juror, ...
bid
n. an offer to purchase with a specific price stated. It includes...
bifurcate
v. the order or ruling of a judge that one issue in a case can be...
bifurcation
n. the act of a judge in dividing issues before a trial so that o...
bigamy
n. the condition of having two wives or two husbands at the same ...
bilateral contract
n. an agreement in which the parties exchange promises for each t...
bill
n. 1) what is commonly called a "check" by which the signer requi...
bill of attainder
n. a legislative act which declares a named person guilty of a cr...
bill of exchange
n. a writing by a party (maker or drawer) ordering another (payor...
bill of lading
n. a receipt obtained by the shipper of goods from the carrier (t...
bill of particulars
n. a written itemization of claims which a defendant in a lawsuit...
Bill of Rights
n. the first ten amendments to the federal Constitution demanded ...
bill of sale
n. a written statement attesting to the transfer (sale) of goods,...
binder
n. a written statement of the key terms of an agreement, in parti...
blackmail
n. the crime of threatening to reveal embarrassing, disgraceful o...
blank endorsement
n. endorsement of a check or other negotiable paper without namin...
blue laws
n. state or local laws which prohibit certain activities, particu...
blue ribbon jury
n. a jury selected from prominent, well-educated citizens, someti...
blue sky laws
n. laws intended to protect the public from purchasing stock in f...
board of directors
n. the policy managers of a corporation or organization elected b...
boiler room
n. a telephone bank operation in which fast-talking telemarketers...
boilerplate
n., adj. slang for provisions in a contract, form or legal pleadi...
bona fide
adj. Latin for "good faith," it signifies honesty, the "real thin...
bona fide purchaser
n. commonly called BFP in legal and banking circles; a person who...
bond
n. 1) written evidence of debt issued by a company with the terms...
bondsman
n. 1) someone who sells bail bonds. 2) a surety (guarantor or ins...
booby trap
n. a device set up to be triggered to harm or kill anyone enterin...
book account
n. an account of a customer kept in a business ledger of debits a...
book value
n. a determination of the value of a corporation's stock by addin...
bottomry
n. a mortgage contract in which a ship and/or its freight is pled...
boycott
n. organized refusal to purchase products or patronize a store to...
breach
1) n. literally, a break. A breach may be a failure to perform a ...
breach of contract
n. failing to perform any term of a contract, written or oral, wi...
breach of promise
n. historically, the dumping of a female fiancee by her intended ...
breach of the peace
n. any act which disturbs the public or even one person. It can i...
breach of trust
n. 1) any act which is in violation of the duties of a trustee or...
breach of warranty
n. determination that a statement as to title of property, includ...
breaking and entering
n. 1) the criminal act of entering a residence or other enclosed ...
bribery
n. the crime of giving or taking money or some other valuable ite...
brief
1) n. a written legal argument, usually in a format prescribed by...
broker
n. in general, a person who arranges contracts between a buyer an...
brought to trial
v. the act of actually beginning a trial, usually signaled by swe...
bucket shop
n. an unofficial and usually illegal betting operation in which t...
building and loan
n. another name for savings and loan association. As the name imp...
bulk sale
n. the sale of all or a large part of a merchant's stock as well ...
bulk sales acts
n. state laws (spelled out in the Uniform Commercial Code adopted...
bulk transfer
bulk sale
burden
n. anything that results in a restrictive load upon something. Th...
burden of proof
n. the requirement that the plaintiff (the party bringing a civil...
burglary
n. the crime of breaking and entering into a structure for the pu...
business
n. any activity or enterprise entered into for profit. It does no...
business invitee
n. a person entering commercial premises for the purpose of doing...
but for rule
n. one of several tests to determine if a defendant is responsibl...
buy-sell agreement
n. a contract among the owners of a business which provides terms...
bylaws
n. the written rules for conduct of a corporation, association, p...

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