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habeas corpus
(hay-bee-us core-puss) n. Latin for "you have the body," it is a ...
habitable
adj. referring to a residence that is safe and can be occupied in...
habitual criminal
n. under the statutes of many states, a person who has been convi...
half blood
1) adj. sharing one parent only. 2) n. a half brother or half sis...
harass
(either harris or huh-rass) v. systematic and/or continual unwant...
harassment
(either harris-meant or huh-rass-meant) n. the act of systematic ...
harmless error
n. an error by a judge in the conduct of a trial which an appella...
head of household
n. 1) in federal income tax law, the person filing a tax return w...
headnote
n. the summary of the key legal points determined by an appeals c...
hearing
n. any proceeding before a judge or other magistrate (such as a h...
hearsay
n. 1) second-hand evidence in which the witness is not telling wh...
hearsay rule
n. the basic rule that testimony or documents which quote persons...
heat of passion
n. in a criminal case, when the accused was in an uncontrollable ...
heir
n. one who acquires property upon the death of another, based on ...
heir apparent
n. the person who is expected to receive a share of the estate of...
heiress
n. feminine heir, often used to denote a woman who has received a...
heirs of the body
n. descendants of one's bloodline, such as children or grandchild...
held
v. decided or ruled, as "the court held that the contract was val...
hereditament
n. any kind of property which can be inherited. This is old-fashi...
hidden asset
n. an item of value which does not show on the books of a busines...
highway
n. any public street, road, turnpike or canal which any member of...
hit and run
n. the crime of a driver of a vehicle who is involved in a collis...
hobby loss
n. in income tax, a loss from a business activity engaged in more...
hold harmless
n. a promise to pay any costs or claims which may result from an ...
holder
n. a general term for anyone in possession of property, but usual...
holder in due course
n. one holding a check or promissory note, received for value (he...
holding
1) n. any ruling or decision of a court. 2) n. any real property ...
holding company
n. a company, usually a corporation, which is created to own the ...
holdover tenancy
n. the situation when a tenant of real estate continues to occupy...
holographic will
n. a will entirely handwritten, dated and signed by the testator ...
home rule
n. the power of a local city or county to set up its own system o...
homestead
1) n. the house and lot of a homeowner which the head of the hous...
hometowned
adv. legalese for a lawyer or client suffering discrimination by ...
homicide
n. the killing of a human being due to the act or omission of ano...
hornbook law
n. lawyer lingo for a fundamental and well-accepted legal princip...
hostile possession
n. occupancy of a piece of real property coupled with a claim of ...
hostile witness
n. technically an "adverse witness" in a trial who is found by th...
hot pursuit
n. when a law enforcement officer is so close behind the alleged ...
hotchpot
n. the putting together, blending or mixing of various properties...
house counsel
n. any attorney who works only for a particular business.
household
n. a family living together, all of whom need not be related.
hung jury
n. slang for a hopelessly deadlocked jury in a criminal case, in ...
hypothecate
v. from Greek for "pledge," a generic term for using property to ...

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