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acceptance
n. 1) receiving something from another with the intent to keep it...
after-acquired property
n. 1) personal or real property acquired by a debtor after he/she...
alimony
n. support paid by one ex-spouse to the other as ordered by a cou...
amend
v. to alter or change by adding, subtracting, or substituting. On...
amended complaint
n. what results when the party suing (plaintiff or petitioner) ch...
appurtenant
adj. pertaining to something that attaches. In real property law ...
bad faith
1) n. intentional dishonest act by not fulfilling legal or contra...
bailment
n. 1) the act of placing property in the custody and control of a...
bargain
n. 1) a mutual agreement or contract between two parties which is...
bilateral contract
n. an agreement in which the parties exchange promises for each t...
breach
1) n. literally, a break. A breach may be a failure to perform a ...
champerty
n. an agreement between the party suing in a lawsuit (plaintiff) ...
community property
n. property and profits received by a husband and wife during the...
condemn
v. 1) for a public agency to determine that a building is unsafe ...
constructive trust
n. when a person has title to property and/or takes possession of...
contract
1) n. an agreement with specific terms between two or more person...
eviction
n. a generic word for the act of expelling (kicking out) someone ...
fraud in the inducement
n. the use of deceit or trick to cause someone to act to his/her ...
implied
adj., adv. referring to circumstances, conduct or statements of o...
implied contract
n. an agreement which is found to exist based on the circumstance...
in haec verba
(in hike verb-ah)prep. Latin for "in these words," which refers t...
informed consent
n. agreement to do something or to allow something to happen only...
installment contract
n. an agreement in which payments of money, delivery of goods or ...
joint
adj., adv. referring to property, rights or obligations which are...
joint custody
n. in divorce actions, a decision by the court (often upon agreem...
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...
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...
lien
n. any official claim or charge against property or funds for pay...
limited partnership
n. a special type of partnership which is very common when people...
liquidated damages
n. an amount of money agreed upon by both parties to a contract w...
nominee
n. 1) a person or entity who is requested or named to act for ano...
notice
n. 1) information, usually in writing in all legal proceedings, o...
notice to quit
n. the notice given by a landlord (owner) to a tenant to leave th...
oral contract
n. an agreement made with spoken words and either no writing or o...
partner
n. 1) one of the co-owners and investors in a "partnership" which...
partnership
n. a business enterprise entered into for profit which is owned b...
party
n. 1) one of the participants in a lawsuit or other legal proceed...
prenuptial agreement
n. also called an antenuptial agreement, a written contract betwe...
promise
1) n. a firm agreement to perform an act, refrain from acting or ...
promissory note
n. a written promise by a person (variously called maker, obligor...
remedy
n. the means to achieve justice in any matter in which legal righ...
rent
1) v. to hire an object or real property for a period of time (or...
respondeat superior
(rehs-pond-dee-at superior) n. Latin for "let the master answer,"...
restraint of trade
n. in antitrust law, any activity (including agreements among com...
resulting trust
n. a trust implied by law (as determined by a court) that a perso...
separation
n. married persons living apart, either informally by one leaving...
separation agreement
n. an agreement between two married people who have agreed to liv...
severable contract
n. an agreement which is made up of several separate contracts be...
silent partner
n. a non-legal term for an investor who puts money into a busines...
surety
n. a guarantor of payment or performance if another fails to pay ...
tenancy at sufferance
n. a "hold-over" tenancy after a lease has expired but before the...
third party
n. a person who is not a party to a contract or a transaction, bu...
underwrite
v. 1) to agree to pay an obligation which may arise from an insur...
unilateral contract
n. an agreement to pay in exchange for performance, if the potent...



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