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ADMISSION TO PROBATE

the court acknowledge meant that the will presented is the will of the deceased. It is still possible to be contested.

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AUTHORITY OF THE COURT

This the power granted to the court that allows it to act on certain types of legal matters.

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AMERICAN SPECIALTY BOARDS

These are the organisation that by, written and oral examinations determine a physician to become a specialist. A diploma from this board states that the physician is an expert in his field of medicine.

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ABSCOND

Running away from the law, to make yourself absent in an attempt to avoid the legal process.

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ALTER EGO DOCTRINE

This the doctrine that treats a corporation and those who own its stock to be identical. It is applied with no regard to the corporate entity in order to further justice.

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ACCUMULATION TRUST

The trust that holds onto income so the capital will increase rather than paying out the income to a beneficiary.

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ADJOURNMENT SINE DIE

The act of suspending a trial or a hearing without fixing another date for the next session. It is a Latin phrase.

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ALTERNATIVE WRIT OF MANDAMUS

Latin. the court order that commands a person against whom it has been issued to do something one else show why he should not be forced to do so. See mandamus.

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ACTION PENDING

Any lawsuit that is in progress.

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ACCOMMODATION NOTE

A promissory or IOU note where a person that is not the original borrower has put there name. The second person assumes responsibility for payments when the original borrower fails to meet obligations. See endorsement.

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ALTERNATIVE PLEADING

a suit that is given in such terms that of the several facts presented it is not sure which the attorney will base the case on.

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AFFIDAVIT OF DEMURRER

an affidavit that is made by the attorney where he is objecting to the court’s decision and states that the objection is not made for delaying purposes.

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APPROVED ENDORSED NOTE

This an IOU or an agreement to pay a debt that is endorsed by a person who has good credit.

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ANTE-FACTUM

Latin term meaning before the fact. This applies to an act that has been done before or a previous act.

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ACTIVE NEGLIGENCE

The action of failing to use ordinary care that will result in mental or physical harm to another person. the opposite of passive negligence.

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ABANDONMENT OF SPOUSE

The leaving of a husband or wife without just cause and with a deliberate intention of creating a lifetime separation.

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ABANDONED PROPERTY

The property that an owner has given up all claims, possession and rights. No designation has been given as the possessor.

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AGE OF CONSENT

the age that a female is legally able to consent to sexual intercourse and or to marriage. This may differ from state to state and some states have a legal age for males too.

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ASSESSED VALUATION

This term applies to the precise value of property upon which taxes need to be paid.

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ABSOLVE

The action to acquit; or the action to release from an obligation.

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