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APPROPRIATE PROCESS

an order from the Internal revenue Service asking you to produce books and records and to testify.

ANTITRUST AFFIDAVIT

In some states of the US this must be filed every year by the corporations doing b business in that state and attests to the fact that are not part of a

ABATOR

A person who takes a property before the heir has a chance to get the property.

AIR PIRACY

The act of forcibly taking over an aircraft. See hijacking.

ATTACHMENT OF PROPERTY

when the court takes the property and will hold it during the course of the trial. The property is security should the case be decided against the defendant.

AUTHORIZE

This enables a person to act; it gives the authority for a person to carry out an act.

ANALYTICAL JURISPRUDENCE

a philosophy of law resulting from analysing and comparing many legal concepts and does not depend upon any one theory or existing principles or laws.

ABSOLUTE ACCEPTANCE

The unqualified and the total agreement in accepting a liability or a responsibility.

ACKNOWLEDGED INSTRUMENT

The document that is recognised formally before an authorised official. The person who acknowledges the instrument says that it is authentic and has been executed freely and voluntarily.

ACCESSORY TO A CRIME

Any person connected to a crime before or after it has happened, but was not present when the crime was committed. See aid and abet.

ALIAS SUBPOENA

the second subpoena that is issued after the original subpoena failed to accomplish the purpose of it.

ALIENATION OF AFFECTION

This the wrongful act of one person that interferes with the affection one spouse has for the other. This could be one a husband or wife is deprived of the others affection

ADDED DAMAGES

Damages that are added on to the amount that is actually due or damages that are added as a punishment for the defendant. Added damages is sometimes called smart money.

APPRECIATION IN VALUE

the increase in value of property and does not usually include the increased value from renovations or improvements.

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