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face amount
n. the original amount due on a promissory note or insurance poli...
face value
n. in shares of stock, the original cost of the stock shown on th...
fact
n. an actual thing or happening, which must be proved at trial by...
fact finder (finder of fact)
n. in a trial of a lawsuit or criminal prosecution, the jury or j...
factor
n. 1) a salesman who sells in his/her own name on behalf of other...
failure of consideration
n. not delivering goods or services when promised in a contract. ...
failure of issue
n. when someone dies leaving no children or other direct descenda...
fair comment
n. a statement of opinion (no matter how ludicrous) based on fact...
fair market value
n. the amount for which property would sell on the open market if...
fair trade laws
n. state laws which permit manufacturers or producers to set mini...
fair use
n. the non-competitive right to use of copyrighted material witho...
false arrest
n. physically detaining someone without the legal right to do so....
false imprisonment
n. depriving someone of freedom of movement by holding a person i...
false pretenses
n. the crime of knowingly making untrue statements for the purpos...
family
n. 1) husband, wife and children. 2) all blood relations. 3) all ...
family purpose doctrine
n. a rule of law that the registered owner of an automobile is re...
federal courts
n. the court system which handles civil and criminal cases based ...
federal question
n. one basis for filing a lawsuit in federal district court is th...
Federal Tort Claims Act
n. a statute (1948) which removed the power of the federal govern...
fee
n. 1) absolute title in land, from old French, fief, for "payment...
fee simple
n. absolute title to land, free of any other claims against the t...
fee tail
n. an old feudal expression for a title to real property which ca...
felon
n. a person who has been convicted of a felony, which is a crime ...
felonious
adj. referring to an act done with criminal intent. The term is u...
felony
n. 1) a crime sufficiently serious to be punishable by death or a...
felony murder doctrine
n. a rule of criminal statutes that any death which occurs during...
fertile octogenarian
n. an unrealistic notion that any person (male or female) is capa...
fictitious defendants
n. when a party suing (plaintiff) is not sure if he/she knows if ...
fiduciary
1) n. from the Latin fiducia, meaning "trust," a person (or a bus...
fiduciary relationship
n. where one person places complete confidence in another in rega...
fighting words
n. words intentionally directed toward another person which are s...
file
1) v. to deposit with the clerk of the court a written complaint ...
final decree
n. another name for a final judgment. In states where there are i...
final judgment
n. the written determination of a lawsuit by the judge who presid...
final settlement
n. an agreement reached by the parties to a lawsuit, usually in w...
finding
n. the determination of a factual question vital (contributing) t...
findings of fact
n.
firm offer
n. in contract law, an offer (usually in writing) which states it...
first degree murder
n. although it varies from state to state, it is generally a kill...
first impression
adj. referring to a legal issue which has never been decided by a...
fixture
n. a piece of equipment which has been attached to real estate in...
flight
n. running away or hiding by a person officially accused of a cri...
floating easement
n. an easement (a right to use another's property for a particula...
FOB
1) adj. short for free on board, meaning shipped to a specific pl...
for value received
prep. a phrase used in a promissory note, a bill of exchange or a...
forbearance
n. an intentional delay in collecting a debt or demanding perform...
forced sale
n. a sale of goods seized by the sheriff to satisfy (pay) a judgm...
forcible entry
n. the crime of taking possession of a house or other structure o...
foreclosure
n. the system by which a party who has loaned money secured by a ...
foreclosure sale
n. the actual forced sale of real property at a public auction (o...
foreign corporation
n. a corporation which is incorporated under the laws of a differ...
forensic
1) adj. from Latin forensis for "belonging to the forum," ancient...
forensic medicine
n. research, reports and testimony in court by experts in medical...
forensic testimony
n. any testimony of expert scientific, engineering, economic or o...
forensics
n. public speaking or argumentation.
foreseeability
n. reasonable anticipation of the possible results of an action, ...
foreseeable risk
n. a danger which a reasonable person should anticipate as the re...
forfeit
v. to lose property or rights involuntarily as a penalty for viol...
forfeiture
n. loss of property due to a violation of law.
forger
n. a person who commits the crime of forgery, by making false doc...
forgery
n. 1) the crime of creating a false document, altering a document...
fornication
n. sexual intercourse between a man and woman who are not married...
forthwith
adv. a term found in contracts, court orders and statutes, meanin...
forum
n. a court which has jurisdiction to hold a trial of a particular...
forum non conveniens
(for-uhm nahn cahn-vee-nee-ehns) n. Latin for a forum which is no...
foster child
n. a child without parental support and protection, placed with a...
four corners of an instrument
n. the term for studying an entire document to understand its mea...
franchise
1) n. a right granted by the government to a person or corporatio...
franchise tax
n. a state tax on corporations or businesses.
fraud
n. the intentional use of deceit, a trick or some dishonest means...
fraud in the inducement
n. the use of deceit or trick to cause someone to act to his/her ...
fraudulent conveyance
n. the transfer (conveyance) of title to real property for the ex...
free and clear
adj. referring to the ownership of real property upon which there...
free on board (FOB)
adj. referring to purchased goods shipped without transportation ...
freehold
n. any interest in real property which is a life estate or of unc...
fresh pursuit
n. immediate chase of a suspected criminal by a law enforcement o...
friendly suit
n. a lawsuit filed in order to obtain a court order when the part...
frisk
v. quickly patting down the clothes of a possible criminal suspec...
frivolous
adj. referring to a legal move in a lawsuit clearly intended mere...
fruit of the poisonous tree
n. in criminal law, the doctrine that evidence discovered due to ...
frustration of purpose
n. sometimes called commercial frustration, when unexpected event...
fugitive from justice
n. a person convicted or accused of a crime who hides from law en...
full disclosure
n. the need in business transactions to tell the "whole truth" ab...
full faith and credit
n. the provision in Article IV, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitutio...
fungible things
n. sometimes merely called "fungibles," goods which are interchan...
future interest
n. a right to receive either real property or personal property s...

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