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ADEQUATE REMEDY AT LAW

The remedy that will bring relief in the controversy that is at hand. This will defeat the defendant totally and permanently. See remedies.

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ALTERCATION

This applies to all trials where witnesses are examined. In usual usage it applies to a dispute or a fight.

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AGENCY IN FACT

the agency that happens where there is an agreement between the agent and the principal.

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AGITATOR

the person who stirs up or incites a situation, especially a situation that is of discontent.

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AMENDMENT OF INCOME TAX RETURN

These are the changes that a person makes to his tax return to correct any errors that were made in the original filing.

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AB INITIO

Latin, for from the first act or meaning from the start.

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AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

These are any modifications made to the Constitution of the United States of America that must be ratified first by three quarters of the states for it to become an amendment and part of the Constitution.

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AMERICAN LAW REPORTS

a series of books that are printed and contains annotations of cases that have been important to American Law. These reports are often referred to by attorneys in law suits.

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ADJUTANT GENERAL

This person is the chief administrative officer of the Army.

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ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE

This term applies to the right an individual has for the information he gives his attorney that it be kept confidential.

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ACQUIESCE

The action of consenting that is usually accompanied without any enthusiasm. Agree to going quietly.

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AUTOMATIC CONTINUANCE

the term used when a court ends before the case is settled and the case may be automatically bound over to next session or term of the court. Known as automatic continuance.

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APPLICABLE LOCAL LAW

the law that determines the heirs of a person who has died without making a will that

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ANTENUPTIAL CONTRACT

the agreement made between a man and a woman before they get married with provisions for property disposal should they divorce or a partner dies. See antinuptual settlement; premarital agreement.

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ABATEMENT OF BEQUEST

The procedure that will be carried out when there is not enough money in an estate to fulfil all debts and bequests.

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ACCIDENTAL KILLING

Any death that comes about from a lawful act that is done on the assumption that no harm will result. Involuntary manslaughter results from an unlawful act.

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ALTERNATE LEGACY

the legacy of the will maker or testator who gives one of two or more things without actually designating which one.

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ALTERNATIVE RELIEF

This the request for a remedy where the plaintiff is unsure of the type or exact relief they are entitled to receive and permits the court to direct one of several forms.

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ADVERSARY TRIAL

The trial with two opposing parties and each one is given the opportunity to present to the court its side of the issues being contested.

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ASSUMPTION OF INDEBTEDNESS

the agreement of one person who will pay the debts of another person.

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