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EXPROMISSOR A

This term is given to the person who takes over another person’s debt and releases from it.

ELECTION UNDER A WILL

a choice to accept a benefit from a will and relinquish your claim or to retain he claim and to reject the benefit.

EMPOWER

the word that means to grant the authority, to delegate and to commission.

ESCALATOR CLAUSE

a clause in a contract or a lease that is made during a time of government price control regulations.

EQUITABLE CONSTRUCTION

This applies to the interpretation of a statute by narrowing or making larger the letter of the law.

ENCUMBRANCER

1. The person with a legal claim against an estate. 2. The person with a lien on a property where the value is diminished until the encumbrance is removed.

EQUITABLE RULE

a rule that is issued by a court of equity that is just and fair.

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM

a device that is used to record the electric currents of the various chambers of the heart. Also called an ECG one EKG.

EXTRINSIC EVIDENCE

evidence that does not appear in a contract or written document but has a bearing on an issue.

ESTOPPED

This means to prevent, stop or bar something from happening.

EQUALIZE

This mans to make the same and uniform and to make equal.

E PLURIBUS UNUM

a Latin phrase that is the motto of the USA and states: Out of many, one or more commonly One for all and all for one.

EXPROPRIATE

1. To take private property for the use of the public. 2. Surrendering a claim to property.

ENLARGING STATUTE

a law that makes something more comprehensive or extensive than an earlier law. See remedial statute.

ENROLLED BILL RULE

the rule stating that once a bill is enrolled it can’t be questioned by the courts.

EVASIVE ANSWER

This term means to try to evade in giving a straight answer to a question.

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