Legal Articles

Hit and Run

When a motorist involved in an accident flees the scene.

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HARBORING A CRIMINAL

the term used when a person hides another person wanted by the law.

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HEIR TESTAMENTARY

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

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HIPPOCRATIC OATH

the oath that is taken by medical school graduates.

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HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS

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

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HOLD OVER

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

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HOMICIDE SELF-DEFENSE

the term when a person kills out of self-defence.

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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.

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HARD CASES

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

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HABITUAL DRUNKENNESS

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

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HOMICIDE ACCIDENTAL

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

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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

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HOLDUP

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

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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.

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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.

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HEIRS AND ASSIGNS

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

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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 have the down payment held in trust by the attorney for the seller until the transaction was completed.

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HORNS WOGGLE

a slang term meaning to cheat or to swindle.

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HABITUAL

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

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HANDWRITING EXPERT

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

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