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T.R.O.
n. legal slang for temporary restraining order.
tainted evidence
n. in a criminal trial, information which has been obtained by il...
take
v. to gain or obtain possession, including the receipt of a legac...
taking the Fifth
n. the refusal to testify on the ground that the testimony might ...
tangible property
n. physical articles (things) as distinguished from "incorporeal"...
tax
n. a governmental assessment (charge) upon property value, transa...
tax costs
n. a motion to contest a claim for court costs submitted by a pre...
Tax Court
n. a federal agency with courts in major cities which hear taxpay...
tax evasion
n. intentional and fraudulent attempt to escape payment of taxes ...
tax return
n. the form to be filed with a taxing authority by a taxpayer whi...
tax sale
n. an auction sale of a taxpayer's property conducted by the fede...
temporary injunction
n. a court order prohibiting an action by a party to a lawsuit un...
temporary insanity
n. in a criminal prosecution, a defense by the accused that he/sh...
tenancy
n. the right to occupy real property permanently, for a time whic...
tenancy at sufferance
n. a "hold-over" tenancy after a lease has expired but before the...
tenancy at will
n. occupation of real property owned by another until such time a...
tenancy by the entirety
n. joint ownership of title by husband and wife, in which both ha...
tenancy in common
n. title to property (usually real property, but it can apply to ...
tenant
n. a person who occupies real property owned by another based upo...
tender
1) v. to present to another person an unconditional offer to ente...
tenement
n. 1) a term found in older deeds or in boiler-plate deed languag...
tentative trust
n. a bank account deposited in the name of the depositor "in trus...
tenure
n. 1) in real property, the right to possess the property. 2) in ...
term
n. 1) in contracts or leases, a period of time, such as five year...
testacy
n. dying with a will (a testament). It is compared to "intestacy,...
testamentary
adj. pertaining to a will.
testamentary capacity
n. having the mental competency to execute a will at the time the...
testamentary disposition
n. how the terms of a will divide the testator's (will writer's) ...
testamentary trust
n. a trust created by the terms of a will. Example: "The residue ...
testator
n. a person who has written a will which is in effect at the time...
testatrix
n. female form of testator, although distinguishing between gende...
testify
v. to give oral evidence under oath in answer to questions posed ...
testimony
n. oral evidence given under oath by a witness in answer to quest...
theft
n. the generic term for all crimes in which a person intentionall...
third party
n. a person who is not a party to a contract or a transaction, bu...
third-party beneficiary
n. a person who is not a party to a contract but has legal rights...
Thirty-day notice
n. a notice by a landlord to a tenant on a month-to-month tenancy...
three strikes, you're out
n. recent (beginning 1994) legislation enacted in several states ...
three-day notice
n. a notice to pay delinquent rent or quit (leave or vacate) the ...
tide lands
n. land between the high and low tides, which is uncovered each d...
time is of the essence
n. a phrase often used in contracts which in effect says: the spe...
time served
n. the period a criminal defendant has been in jail, often while ...
timely
adj. within the time required by statute, court rules or contract...
title
n. 1) ownership of real property or personal property, which stan...
title abstract
n. a history of the chain of title.
title insurance
n. a policy issued by an insurance company guaranteeing that the ...
title report
n. the written analysis of the status of title to real property, ...
title search
n. the examination of county records for the property's title his...
to wit
prep. that is to say. Example: "the passengers in the vehicle, to...
toll
v. 1) to delay, suspend or hold off the effect of a statute. Exam...
tontine
n. a rare agreement among several persons who agree that each wil...
tools of trade
n. in bankruptcy law, the equipment a person requires in order to...
tort
n. from French for "wrong," a civil wrong or wrongful act, whethe...
tort claims act
n. a federal or state act which, under certain conditions, waives...
tortfeasor
n. a person who commits a tort (civil wrong), either intentionall...
tortious
adj. referring to an act which is a tort (civil wrong).
trade
1) n. a business or occupation for profit, particularly in retail...
trade fixture
n. a piece of equipment on or attached to the real estate which i...
trade name
n. a name of a business or one of its products which, by use of t...
trade secret
n. a process, method, plan, formula or other information unique t...
trademark
n. a distinctive design, picture, emblem, logo or wording (or com...
trader
in U.S. income tax law, a person who deals in property as a busin...
transcript
n. the written record of all proceedings, including testimony, in...
transfer
n. 1) the movement of property from one person or entity to anoth...
transfer agent
n. a person or company retained by a corporation to process trans...
transfer in contemplation of death
n. giving property under the belief of the giver that he/she is a...
transferred intent
n. in both criminal and tort (civil wrong) law, when an intent to...
treason
n. the crime of betraying one's country, defined in Article III, ...
treasury bill
n. a promissory note issued in multiples of $10,000 by the U.S. T...
treasury bond
n. a long-term bond issued by the U.S. Treasury.
treasury note
n. a promissory note issued by the U.S. Treasury, for a period of...
treasury stock
n. stock of a private corporation which was issued and then bough...
treaty
n. a pact between nations which, if entered into by the United St...
treble damages
n. tripling damages allowed by state statute in certain types of ...
trespass
n. entering another person's property without permission of the o...
trial
n. the examination of facts and law presided over by a judge (or ...
trial court
n. the court which holds the original trial, as distinguished fro...
trial de novo
n. a form of appeal in which the appeals court holds a trial as i...
tribunal
n. any court, judicial body or board which has quasi-judicial fun...
trier of fact
n. the judge or jury responsible for deciding factual issues in a...
triple net lease
n. a lease in which the lessee's (tenant's) rent includes a share...
true bill
n. the written decision of a Grand Jury (signed by the Grand Jury...
trust
n. an entity created to hold assets for the benefit of certain pe...
trust deed
n. another name for a deed of trust, a form of mortgage used in s...
trust fund
n. the principal (called the corpus) of a trust, made up of its a...
trustee
n. a person or entity who holds the assets (corpus) of a trustee ...
trustee in bankruptcy
n. a person appointed by a bankruptcy court to supervise the affa...
trustor
n. the creator of a trust (who normally places the original asset...
Truth in Lending Act
n. a federal statute which requires a commercial lender (bank, sa...
turn states' evidence
v. for a person accused of a crime to decide to give the prosecut...
Twinkie defense
n. a claim by a criminal defendant that at the time of the crime ...

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