The Law Dictionary

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Category: P

PHYSICAL IMPOSSIBILITY

term that describes something that is impossible to do physically such as be in 2 places at the same time.

PERPETUAL EASEMENT

term given to the right of a non-owner to use the adjoining land for right of way forever.

PECUNIARY

1. Involving money, monetary or financial. 2. A thing able to be evaluated in terms of money.

PRIVILEGED COMMUNICATION

a private communication that the law exempts a person from revealing. Such as doctor-patient, client-attorney.

PARTITION DEED

the term that is used to describe a deed or document that will effectively divide up a real estate property.

PLACER CLAIM

This term is applied to a mining claim that is made by a private person on public lands for minerals on the surface and not in rocks below it.

PRODIGAL

the name that is given to an adult who is unable to manage his own affairs due to lacking good sense and a guardian is appointed for this purpose.

PERFORMANCE TEST

a term in a contract that calls for a determination that the contract has been fulfilled.

PETIT JURY

a French term that means a small jury as distinguished from a grand jury.

PLEVIN

the term that is used for a warrant, an assurance or a security.

PORT AUTHORITY

the name of the agency with powers to maintain and control a port. An airport may come under this control.

PARAMOUNT EQUITY

the term that is given to an equitable claim that comes first and is superior to any other claim or right.

PROPER PARTY

a term that applies to any interested party in a law suit who will be bound by the decision.

PEACEABLE ENTRY

the term that is applied to the peaceable entry onto land without using force of any kind.

POPULAR GOVERNMENT

The name that is given to the government that is controlled by the people by election of executives and legislators. TLD Example: The election of a new leader following the overthrow of the

POLICE COURT A

the term for a lower court that will hear and try minor misdemeanors and offenses and has a limited jurisdiction.

PRETERMITTED HEIR

the name applied to a person who was born after a dead person executed his will but before he died.