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earnest payment
n. a deposit paid to demonstrate commitment and to bind a contrac...
easement
n. the right to use the real property of another for a specific p...
egress
n. way of departure. A word usually used in conjunction with "acc...
EIR
n. popular acronym for environmental impact report, required by m...
ejectment
n. a lawsuit brought to remove a party who is occupying real prop...
ejusdem generis
(eh-youse-dem generous) v adj. Latin for "of the same kind," used...
elder law
n. a specialty in legal practice, covering estate planning, wills...
election of remedies
n. an outmoded requirement that if a plaintiff (party filing suit...
election under the will
n. in those states which have statutes which give a widow a parti...
eleemosynary
(eh-luh-moss-uh-nary) adj. charitable, as applied to a purpose or...
element
n. 1) an essential requirement to a cause of action (the right to...
emancipation
n. freeing a minor child from the control of parents and allowing...
embezzlement
n. the crime of stealing the funds or property of an employer, co...
embezzler
n. a person who commits the crime of embezzlement by fraudulently...
emblements
n. crops to which a tenant who cultivated the land is entitled by...
emergency
n. a sudden, unforeseen happening which requires action to correc...
eminent domain
n. the power of a governmental entity (federal, state, county or ...
emolument
n. salary, wages and benefits paid for employment or an office he...
emotional distress
n. an increasingly popular basis for a claim of damages in lawsui...
employee
n. a person who is hired for a wage, salary, fee or payment to pe...
employer
n. a person or entity which hires the services of another called ...
employment
n. the hiring of a person for compensation. It is important to de...
en banc
(on bonk) French for "in the bench," it signifies a decision by t...
enabling clause
n. a provision in a new statute which empowers a particular publi...
enclosure
(inclosure)n. land bounded by a fence, wall, hedge, ditch or othe...
encroach
v. to build a structure which is in whole or in part across the p...
encroachment
n. the act of building a structure which is in whole or in part o...
encumbrance
(incumbrance)n. a general term for any claim or lien on a parcel ...
endorse (indorse)
v. 1) to sign one's name to the back of a check, bill of exchange...
endorsement
(indorsement)n. 1) the act of the owner or payee signing his/her ...
endowment
n. the creation of a fund, often by gift or bequest from a dead p...
enjoin
v. for a court to order that someone either do a specific act, ce...
enjoyment
n. 1) to exercise a right. 2) pleasure. 3) the use of funds or oc...
enter a judgment
v. to officially record a judgment on the "judgment roll," which ...
entity
n. a general term for any institution, company, corporation, part...
entrapment
n. in criminal law, the act of law enforcement officers or govern...
entry of judgment
n. the placement of a judgment on the official roll of judgments.
environmental impact report
n. a study of all the factors which a land development or constru...
environmental law
n. a body of state and federal statutes intended to protect the e...
equal opportunity
1) n. a right supposedly guaranteed by both federal and many stat...
equal protection of the law
n. the right of all persons to have the same access to the law an...
equitable
adj. 1) just, based on fairness and not legal technicalities. 2) ...
equitable estoppel
n. where a court will not grant a judgment or other legal relief ...
equitable lien
n. a lien on property imposed by a court in order to achieve fair...
equity
n. 1) a venerable group of rights and procedures to provide fairn...
equity of redemption
n. the right of a mortgagor (person owing on a loan or debt again...
equivalent
: n., adj. equal in value, force or meaning.
ergo
(air-go)conj. Latin for "therefore," often used in legal writings...
erroneous
adj. 1) in error, wrong. 2) not according to established law, par...
error
n. a mistake by a judge in procedure or in substantive law, durin...
errors and omissions
n. short hand for malpractice insurance which gives physicians, a...
escalator clause
n. a provision in a lease or other agreement in which rent, insta...
escape clause
n. a provision in a contract which allows one of the parties to b...
escheat
n. from old French eschete, which meant "that which falls to one,...
escrow
1) n. a form of account held by an "escrow agent" (an individual,...
escrow agent
n. a person or entity holding documents and funds in a transfer o...
escrow instructions
n. the written instructions by buyer and seller of real estate gi...
espionage
n. the crime of spying on the federal government and/or transferr...
esquire
n. a form of address showing that someone is an attorney, usually...
estate
n. 1) all that one owns in real estate and other assets. 2) commo...
estate by entirety
n. tenancy by the entirety
estate tax
n. generally a federal tax on the transfer of a dead person's ass...
estop
v. to halt, bar or prevent.
estoppel
n. a bar or impediment (obstruction) which precludes a person fro...
et al.
n. abbreviation for the Latin phrase et alii meaning "and others....
et seq.
(et seek) n. abbreviation for the Latin phrase et sequentes meani...
et ux.
(et uhks) n. abbreviation for the Latin words et uxor meaning "an...
evasion of tax
n. the intentional attempt to avoid paying taxes through fraudule...
eviction
n. a generic word for the act of expelling (kicking out) someone ...
evidence
n. every type of proof legally presented at trial (allowed by the...
ex delicto
(ex dee-lick-toe)adj. Latin for a reference to something that ari...
ex officio
a (ex oh-fish-ee-oh)dj. Latin for "from the office," to describe ...
ex parte
(ex par-tay, but popularly, ex party) adj. Latin meaning "for one...
ex post facto
adj. Latin for "after the fact," which refers to laws adopted aft...
ex rel.
conj. abbreviation for Latin ex relatione, meaning "upon being re...
examination
n. 1) the questioning of a witness by an attorney. Direct examina...
exception
n. 1) a formal objection during trial ("We take exception, or sim...
exception in deed
n. a notation in a deed of title to real property which states th...
excessive bail
n. an amount of bail ordered posted by an accused defendant which...
exchange
1) v. to trade or barter property, goods and/or services for othe...
excise
n. a tax upon manufacture, sale or for a business license or char...
exclusionary rule
n. the rule that evidence secured by illegal means and in bad fai...
exculpatory
adj. applied to evidence which may justify or excuse an accused d...
excusable neglect
n. a legitimate excuse for the failure of a party or his/her lawy...
execute
v. 1) to finish, complete or perform as required, as in fulfillin...
executed
1) adj. to have been completed. (Example: "it is an executed cont...
execution
n. 1) the act of getting an officer of the court to take possessi...
executive clemency
n. the power of a President in federal criminal cases, and the Go...
executive order
n. a President's or Governor's declaration which has the force of...
executive privilege
n. a claim by the President or another high official of the execu...
executor
n. the person appointed to administer the estate of a person who ...
executory
adj. something not yet performed or done. Examples: an executory ...
executory interest
n. an interest in property (particularly real estate) which will ...
executrix
(pl. executrices) n. Latin for female executor. However, the term...
exemplary damages
n. often called punitive damages, these are damages requested and...
exemption
n. 1) in income taxation, a credit given for each dependent, blin...
exhibit
n. 1) a document or object (including a photograph) introduced as...
expectancy
n. a possibility of future enjoyment of something one counts on r...
expense
n. in business accounting and business taxation, any current cost...
expert testimony
n. opinions stated during trial or deposition (testimony under oa...
expert witness
n. a person who is a specialist in a subject, often technical, wh...
express
adj. direct, unambiguous, distinct language, particularly in a co...
express contract
n. a contract in which all elements are specifically stated (offe...
expropriation
n. a taking of property or rights by governmental authority such ...
extension
n. granting of a specific amount of extra time to make a payment,...
extenuating circumstances
n. surrounding factors (sometimes called mitigation) which make a...
extinguishment
n. the cancellation or destruction of a right, quite often becaus...
extortion
n. obtaining money or property by threat to a victim's property o...
extradition
n. the surrender by one state or country of a person charged with...
extrajudicial
adj. referring to actions outside the judicial (court) system, su...
extraordinary fees
n. attorneys' fees claimed, usually in the administration of a de...
extreme cruelty
n. an archaic requirement to show infliction of physical or menta...
extrinsic fraud
n. fraudulent acts which keep a person from obtaining information...
eyewitness
n. a person who has actually seen an event and can so testify in ...

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