E pluribus unum
One out of many; one composed of many (the motto of the United States, one government formed of many states).
Deposit made by buyer indicating he is entering into a contract in good faith.
Earnest Money Contract
Purchase agreement accompanied by earnest money to guarantee performance of buyer.
A right to use the lands of another. (See right of way.)
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Established under the enforcement provisions of Title VII to investigate and initiate litigation against employers charged with unlawful employment practices.
A practice of law focused on the unique concerns of a segment of the population over the age of 50.
A corporation organized for charitable purposes. Also, see nonprofit corporation.
Omission marks; used to denote omission of a word or words in quoted material.
Electronic mail. Messages sent and received electronically (as between terminals linked by telephone lines or microwave relays).
The system of delivering and receiving messages electronically using a modem, telephone line, and communications software.
One who is set free and made his own master. The term principally used as an emancipated minor, a person under legal age who is given legal capacity by court order or by operation of law.
Retired from official active duties.
The power to take private property for public use by the state, municipalities, and private persons or corporations authorized to exercise functions of public character.
Employer Identification Number
A number assigned to an employer by the Internal Revenue Service that must be used on all reports submitted to the IRS.
Full bench or full membership of the court (Sitting together to decide an issue).
An intrusion on the property of another.
A claim or lien on real property (real estate).
In law, a series of topics in book form arranged alphabetically containing information on legal matters.
Endorsement in blank
An endorsement that contains only the signature of the depositor.
A person or legally recognized organization.
The act of inducing a person to commit a crime so that a criminal charge will be brought against him.
The conditions, influences, or forces which affect the desirability and value of property, as well as the effect on people's lives.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The federal agency which works to abate and control pollution.
The money value of property or an interest in a property in excess of claims or liens against that property.
Equipment and behavior modification techniques that aid in the prevention/reduction of repetitive strain injuries.
The principle arising out of Erie & Co. v. Tompkins holding that an action in federal court (except as to matters covered by the United States Constitution or Acts of Congress) is governed by the law of the state (or the law which that state would apply) in which the federal court is situated.
Abbreviation for Employee Retirement Income Security. Act of 1974. This law governs all employee benefit plans as well as Keogh plans and IRAs.
(Pl. errata) Error made in printing.
The ability to stop a process or undo the last step of a process.
Reversion of a decedent's estate to the state of domicile for lack of heirs.
Something of value delivered to a disinterested third party to be held pending performance of certain conditions and delivered upon performance.
The person designated to hold escrow property.
Contains provisions that generally protect both the seller and the buyer. The escrow agent collects the purchase price and records the sale when all payments are made.
Espirit de corps
The spirit which animates a collective body, as of the army or the bar.
As defined in a Chapter 15 Bankruptcy, is a place of operations where the debtor carries out a long term economic activity. 11 U.S.C. § 1502(2).
A person's property.
The area of the law dealing with arranging a person's property and estate by taking into account the laws of wills, taxes, property, and trusts to gain a maximum benefit under all laws while carrying out the person's own wishes for disposition of his property upon his death.
A tax imposed by the federal government and some states on the right to transfer property by death based upon decedent's assets on date of death or an alternate valuation date.
A principle that an individual is barred from denying or alleging a certain fact or state facts because of that individual's pervious conduct, allegation or denial.
(Abbreviated et al.) and others.
(Abbreviated et seq.) And the following.
Objectives toward which lawyers should strive.
Of or relating to moral action and conduct; professionally right; conforming to professional standards.
To recover (property) from a person by legal process; to put (a tenant) out by legal process; to force out.
Testimony, writings, or material objects offered in proof of an alleged fact or proposition.
Evidence of title
A document evidencing title to property.
Out of court.
By virtue of the office.
A court order rendered without the presence of a lawyer from both sides of the case.
Ex parte proceeding
An action taken by or a order made by a court upon the application or petition of one party without notice or hearing to other interested parties.
Ex post facto
After the act is done; after the fact.
Exceptions to title
Those things that are listed as exceptions to the title in a title policy or title opinion letter, e.g., taxes not yet due, instrument affecting title, including those that are recorded and those that are not of public record.
Taxes assessed against certain kinds of commodities or products, such as liquor and tobacco.
The rule commands that where evidence has been obtained in violation of the search and seizure protections guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, the illegally obtained evidence cannot be used at the trial of the defendant.
The authority granted to a court to hear certain matters to the exclusion of all other courts.
To complete; to sign; to carry out according to its terms.
A contract that has been fully performed by both parties.
Execution of judgment
The method by which recovery under the judgment is made.
A person or an entity appointed by a person to administer the terms of his will.
A contract which has been partially performed but with something remaining to be done by one or both parties.
All the property of a debtor that is not attachable under the Bankruptcy Code or state statute.
An amount that is immune from a general burden, tax, or charge.
A form which shows the number of exemptions to which a person is entitled for federal income tax purposes (Form W-4).
A paper or document produced and exhibited in court during a trial or hearing, or a person taking deposition, or to auditors, arbitrators, etc., as a voucher, or in proof of facts, or as otherwise connected with the subject matter and which, on being accepted, is marked for identification and annexed to the deposition, report, or other principal document, or file of record, or otherwise made a part of the case.
One who by reason of education or specialized experience possesses superior knowledge respecting a subject about which persons having no particular training are incapable of forming an accurate opinion or deducing correct conclusions.
A contract in which the terms are specifically stated and agreed to by both parties.
A warranty specifically made by the manufacturer or seller of the product to the buyer as part of the arrangement in selling the product
The process by which the record of a criminal conviction is destroyed or sealed.
Extra hazardous activity
One that carries that likelihood of causing some types of damage even if reasonable care is exercised.
The surrender of an accused criminal by one state to the jurisdiction of another.
An exact reproduction of a document or image sent or received to and from ,any location where there is phone service and a compatible fax machine.
An exact reproduction of a document or image sent or received to and from any location where there is phone service and a compatible fax machine.
A machine that scans a printed sheet of paper and converts its image into an electrical form that can be transmitted through a modem to another fax machine that decodes the transmission and prints out the electronic form onto paper.
In fact; in or by the law.
Fair Labor Standards Act
Minimum wage laws.
Fair market value
The value for which a reasonable seller would sell an item of property and for which a reasonable buyer would buy it.
(Fr.) A fact; an act committed; a deed.
(Fr.) The deed is done.
Conduct that restrains a person against the person's will or prevents a person from leaving certain boundaries without legal authority to restrain that person.
An amount ordered by the court or provided by law which permits the spouse and minor or dependent children to receive an amount for living expenses during the administration of a decedent's estate.
Family and Medical
The act requiring a private employer of 50 or Leave Act (FMLA) more employees within a 75 mile radius of an eligible employee work site to provide up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave for birth or adoption of a child or care of a seriously ill spouse, parent, son, daughter, or their own serious illness.
An individual farmer, including partnerships consisting of owner farmers, operating a farming operation.
Those areas of the law pertaining to families, e.g., marriage, divorce, child custody, juvenile laws, paternity, etc.
One who receives a farmout.
The one who farms out a lease to another.
The assignment by the owner of a lease to another with an obligation to drill a well.
An error or defect of judgment or of conduct.
The ability of a computer, through the use of a fax modem, to send or receive faxes.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
The federal agency which regulates air commerce to promote aviation safety.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The federal agency that investigates all violations of federal laws, except those assigned to other federal agencies.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The federal agency which licenses and regulates interstate and foreign communications by radio and television broadcast, wire, telephone, telegraph, cable television operation, two-way radio and radio operators, microwave, and satellite communications.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
An independent agency within the executive branch of the federal government, which insures, up to statutory limitations, the deposits in national banks, in state banks which are members of the Federal Reserve System, and in state banks which apply for Federal Deposit Insurance and meet certain prescribed qualifications.
Federal Estate Tax
A federal tax imposed upon the privilege of transmitting property at death—IRS Form 706.
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
The federal agency that provides mediators to assist in labor-management disputes.
Published daily and contains federal administrative rules and regulations.
Reports of decisions of the United States Courts of Appeals.
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
The rules that govern the procedures to be followed in the United States District Courts in all civil actions.
Contains reported decisions of the United States District Courts.
Books which contain reported decisions of the United States district courts.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The federal agency which promotes free and fair competitive enterprise in interstate commerce.
Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA)
A federal unemployment tax based on wages.
Absolute ownership of real property (real estate).
Fellow servant rule
A doctrine that in an action for damages brought against an employer by an injured employee the employer may allege that the negligence of another employee was wholly or partly responsible for the accident resulting in the injury.
(1) A serious criminal offense. (2) Under federal law any offense punishable by death or imprisonment. for a term exceeding one year.