The Law Dictionary

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Category: H

Hit and Run

When a motorist involved in an accident flees the scene.

HEIR TESTAMENTARY

the name given to the person who has been left money or property by another person in a will.

HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS

These are some of the questions asked of witnesses in trials that are based on assumed facts or a theory.

HOLD OVER

This term means to keep possession, such as a lease being held over after it is over.

HEIR PRESUMPTIVE

This term applies to the person who would be heir now but if another person is born who is more closely related he wouldn’t be heir.

HARD CASES

This term is applied to cases where a fair decision can only be reached by a liberal interpretation of the laws.

HABITUAL DRUNKENNESS

This term applies to repeated intoxication that is due to drinking alcoholic drinks to excess.

HOMICIDE ACCIDENTAL

This term applies to killing a [personal that was an accident. See manslaughter; involuntary manslaughter.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

the name given to the legislative body of the United States Government whose members are elected every 2 years.

HOLDUP

This term applies to a robbery that involves a weapon of some kind.

HIGHEST COURT

this is the term given to a court that is the last resort and whose decision is final and the matter cannot be considered again.

HALF-BROTHERS OR -SISTERS

This term applies to siblings that have the same mother but a different father or the same father but have a different mother.

HEIRS AND ASSIGNS

These are words found in an habendum clause in a deed that says exactly what the heirs will receive.

HELD IN TRUST

A term used to describe property held by a person who is not the owner but who is a trustee or an agent. TLD Example: The parties to the contract agreed to

HABITUAL

a word that means a thing is usual and customary and is repeated. It also applies to bah habits such as drunkenness.

HANDWRITING EXPERT

a person who is trained in handwriting analysis to determine if the writing is from the person it supposed to be from.