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amended complaint
n. what results when the party suing (plaintiff or petitioner) ch...
amended pleading
n. a changed written pleading in a lawsuit, including complaint o...
burden of proof
n. the requirement that the plaintiff (the party bringing a civil...
condemn
v. 1) for a public agency to determine that a building is unsafe ...
condemnation
n. the legal process by which a governmental body exercises its r...
contingent remainder
n. an interest, particularly in real estate property, which will ...
de facto corporation
n. a company which operates as if it were a corporation although ...
declarant
n. the person making a statement, usually written and signed by t...
declaration of trust
n. the document signed by a trustor (settlor) creating a trust in...
deed
1) n. the written document which transfers title (ownership) or a...
deed of trust
n. a document which pledges real property to secure a loan, used ...
defamation
n. the act of making untrue statements about another which damage...
default judgment
n. if a defendant in a lawsuit fails to respond to a complaint in...
defective title
n. an apparent title to real property which fails because a claim...
delivery
n. the actual handing to another of an object, money or document ...
denial
n. a statement in the defendant's answer to a complaint in a laws...
deposition
n. the taking and recording of testimony of a witness under oath ...
derivative action
n. a lawsuit brought by a corporation shareholder against the dir...
descent
n. the rules of inheritance established by law in cases in which ...
descent and distribution
n. the system of laws which determine who will inherit and divide...
devise
1) v. an old-fashioned word for giving real property by a will, a...
equity of redemption
n. the right of a mortgagor (person owing on a loan or debt again...
evidence
n. every type of proof legally presented at trial (allowed by the...
first degree murder
n. although it varies from state to state, it is generally a kill...
grant deed
n. the document which transfers title to real property or a real ...
holder
n. a general term for anyone in possession of property, but usual...
homicide
n. the killing of a human being due to the act or omission of ano...
joinder
n. the joining together of several lawsuits or several parties al...
latent defect
n. a hidden flaw, weakness or imperfection in an article which a ...
marital deduction
n. an estate tax deduction allowed a surviving spouse of half of ...
marked for identification
adj. documents or objects presented during a trial before there h...
motion for a new trial
n. a request made by the loser for the case to be tried again on ...
murder
n. the killing of a human being by a sane person, with intent, ma...
quitclaim deed
n. a real property deed which transfers (conveys) only that inter...
redeem
v. to buy back, as when an owner who had mortgaged his/her real p...
remainder
n. in real property law, the interest in real property that is le...
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...
second degree murder
n. a non-premeditated killing, resulting from an assault in which...
security deposit
n. a payment required by a landlord from a tenant to cover the ex...
sex offender
n. generic term for all persons convicted of crimes involving sex...
shareholders' meeting
n. a meeting, usually annual, of all shareholders of a corporatio...
stare decisis
: (stah-ree duh-sigh-sis) n. Latin for "to stand by a decision," ...
suicide
n. the intentional killing of oneself. Ironically, in most states...
tainted evidence
n. in a criminal trial, information which has been obtained by il...
trade
1) n. a business or occupation for profit, particularly in retail...
trial de novo
n. a form of appeal in which the appeals court holds a trial as i...
underwrite
v. 1) to agree to pay an obligation which may arise from an insur...
undivided interest
n. title to real property held by two or more persons without spe...
unlawful detainer
n. 1) keeping possession of real property without a right, such a...
warranty deed
n. a deed to real property which guarantees that the seller owns ...

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