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labor and materials
(time and materials) n. what some builders or repair people contr...
laches
n. the legal doctrine that a legal right or claim will not be enf...
land
n. real property, real estate (and all that grows thereon), and t...
landlady
n. female of landlord or owner of real property from whom one ren...
landlocked
adj. referring to a parcel of real property which has no access o...
landlord
n. a person who owns real property and rents or leases it to anot...
landlord and tenant
n. the name for the area of law concerning renting and leasing pr...
landlord's lien
n. the right of a landlord to sell abandoned personal property le...
lapse
1) v. to fail to occur, particularly a gift made in a will. 2) v....
larceny
n. the crime of taking the goods of another person without permis...
last antecedent rule
n. a doctrine of interpretation (construction) of statutes that a...
last clear chance
n. a rule of law in determining responsibility for damages caused...
last will and testament
n. a fancy and redundant way of saying "will." Lawyers and client...
latent defect
n. a hidden flaw, weakness or imperfection in an article which a ...
lateral support
n. the right of a land- owner to assurance that his/her neighbor'...
law
n. 1) any system of regulations to govern the conduct of the peop...
law and motion calendar
n. a court calendar in which only motions and special legal argum...
law book
n. any of numerous volumes dealing with law, including statutes, ...
law of admiralty
n. statutes, customs and treaties dealing with actions on navigab...
law of the case
n. once a judge has decided a legal question during the conduct o...
law of the land
n. a slang term for existing laws.
lawsuit
n. a common term for a legal action by one person or entity again...
lay a foundation
v. in evidence, to provide to the judge the qualification of a wi...
leading
1) v. short for "leading the witness," in which the attorney duri...
leading question
n. a question asked of a witness by an attorney during a trial or...
leading the witness
n. asking a question during a trial or deposition which puts word...
lease
1) n. a written agreement in which the owner of property (either ...
leasehold
n. the real estate which is the subject of a lease (a written ren...
legacy
n. a gift of personal property or money to a beneficiary (legatee...
legal
adj., adv. according to law, not in violation of law or anything ...
legal action
n. any lawsuit, petition or prosecution.
legal advertising
n. 1) notices of probate sales and other documents required by la...
legal age
n. the age at which a person is responsible for his/her own actio...
legal aid society
n. an organization formed to assist persons who have limited or n...
legal duty
n. the responsibility to others to act according to the law. Prov...
legal fiction
n. a presumption of fact assumed by a court for convenience, cons...
legal separation
n. a court-decreed right to live apart, with the rights and oblig...
legal services
n. the work performed by a lawyer for a client.
legal tender
n. all money issued by the government.
legalese
n. slang for the sometimes arcane, convoluted and specialized jar...
legatee
n. a person or organization receiving a gift of an object or mone...
legitimate
adj., adv1) legal, proper, real. 2) referring to a child born to ...
lemon law
n. statutes adopted in some states to make it easier for a buyer ...
lessee
n. the person renting property under a written lease from the own...
lesser crime
n.
lesser-included offense
n. in criminal law, a crime which is proved by the same facts as ...
lessor
n. the owner of real property who rents it to a lessee pursuant t...
let
v. 1) to allow or permit. This is distinguished from "against one...
letter of credit
n. a document issued by a bank guaranteeing to provide a customer...
letters
n. shorthand for letters testamentary or letters of administratio...
letters of administration
n. a document issued by the court clerk which states the authorit...
letters testamentary
n. a document issued by the court clerk which states the authorit...
leverage
1) n. the use of borrowed money to purchase real estate or busine...
levy
1) v. to seize (take) property upon a writ of execution (an order...
lewd and lascivious
adj., adv. references to conduct which includes people living tog...
liability
n. one of the most significant words in the field of law, liabili...
liable
adj. responsible or obligated. Thus, a person or entity may be li...
libel
1) n. to publish in print (including pictures), writing or broadc...
libel per se
n. broadcast or written publication of a false statement about an...
liberty
n. freedom from restraint and the power to follow one's own will ...
license
1) n. governmental permission to perform a particular act (like g...
licensee
n. a person given a license by the government or under private ag...
licensor
n. a person who gives another a license, particularly a private p...
lie detector test
n. a popular name for a polygraph which tests the physiological r...
lien
n. any official claim or charge against property or funds for pay...
lienor
n. a person who holds a lien on another's property or funds.
life estate
n. the right to use or occupy real property for one's life. Often...
life without possibility of parole
n. a sentence sometimes given for particularly vicious criminals ...
limitation of actions
n. the period of time in which a person has to file with the cler...
limited jurisdiction
n. courts' authority over certain types of cases such as bankrupt...
limited liability
n. the maximum amount a person participating in a business can lo...
limited partnership
n. a special type of partnership which is very common when people...
lineal descendant
n. a person who is in direct line to an ancestor, such as child, ...
lineup
n. a law enforcement method used in an attempt to have a witness ...
liquidate
v. to sell the assets of a business, paying bills and dividing th...
liquidated damages
n. an amount of money agreed upon by both parties to a contract w...
lis pendens
(lease pen-dense) n. Latin for "a suit pending," a written notice...
literary property
n. the writings of an author which entitles him/her to the use of...
litigant
n. any party to a lawsuit. This means plaintiff, defendant, petit...
litigation
n. any lawsuit or other resort to the courts to determine a legal...
litigious
adj. referring to a person who constantly brings or prolongs lega...
living trust
n. sometimes called an inter vivos (Latin for "within one's life"...
living will
n. also called "a durable power of attorney," it is a document au...
locus
(low-cuss) n. Latin for "place," it means "place which" this or t...
loiter
v. to linger or hang around in a public place or business where o...
long cause
n. a lawsuit in which it is estimated that a trial will take more...
long-arm statute
n. law which gives a local state court jurisdiction over an out-o...
loss
n. 1) the value placed on injury or damages due to an accident ca...
loss of bargain
n. the inability to complete a sale or other business deal, cause...
loss of consortium
n. the inability of one's spouse to have normal marital relations...
loss of use
n. the inability to use an automobile, premises or some equipment...
lower court
n. 1) any court of lesser rank, such as municipal or justice cour...

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