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A
ABRASION
ABSOLUTE LIABILITY
ACCIDENT
ACTION
ADDICTION
ADJUDICATION
ADR
ADULTERY
AFFIANT
AFFIDAVIT
AGREEMENT
ALIMONY
ALLEGATION
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
AMICUS CURIAE
APPEAL
ARBITRATION
ARRAIGNMENT
ASBESTOS
ASBESTOSIS
AT FAULT
ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE
AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT

B
BAIL BOND
BAILIFF
BANKRUPTCY
BENCH
BENCH WARRANT
BENEFICIARY
BEQUEATH
BEQUESTS
BURDEN OF PROOF

C
CAPITAL GAINS
CAR ACCIDENT
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME (CTS)
CASE
CASE NUMBER
CAUSE OF ACTION
CHILD SUPPORT
CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES
CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE
CIVIL
CLASS ACTION
COB
CODICIL
COMMON LAW
COMMUTATION
COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE
COMPENSATION
CONTINGENCY FEE
CONVICTION
COORDINATION OF BENEFITS
CORPUS DELICTI
COURT
COURT REPORTER
CRIMINAL
CUSTODY

D
DAMAGES
DECEDENT
DEFAMATION
DEFAULT
DEFAULT JUDGMENT
DEFENDANT
DEPOSITION
DISABILITY
DISCOVERY
DISSOLUTION
DIVORCE
DOG BITE
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
DOMICILE
DOUBLE JEOPARDY
DUI
DWI

E
ECONOMIC DAMAGES
EMPLOYERS LIABILITY INSURANCE
EMPLOYMENT LAW
EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION
ERROR
ESCROW
ESTATE
ESTATE TAX
ET AL
EVIDENCE
EX PARTE
EX POST FACTO
EXECUTOR
EXPUNGEMENT
EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES
EXTRADITION

F
FACT QUESTION
FAMILY LAW
FELONY
FIDUCIARY
FINAL JUDGMENT
FIRST PARTY BENEFITS
FRAUD

G
GARNISHMENT
GRAND JURY
GRANTOR
GRANTOR OR SETTLOR
GROSS NEGLIGENCE
GUARDIAN

H
HANDICAPPED

I
IDIOPATHIC
INDEMNITY
INFORMED CONSENT
INFRACTION
INHERITANCE TAX
INJUNCTION
INTESTATE
IRREVOCABLE TRUST
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

J
JOINT LEGAL CUSTODY
JOINT PHYSICAL CUSTODY
JUDGE
JUVENILE

    L
LAW
LAW CLERKS
LAWSUIT
LAWYER
LEGAL CUSTODY
LEMON LAW
LEX LOCI
LIABILITY
LIABLE
LIEN
LIMITED DIVORCE

M
MAGISTRATE
MALFEASANCE
MALICIOUS PROSECUTION
MALPRACTICE
MANDAMUS
MANSLAUGHTER
MARITAL PROPERTY
MAXIMUM MEDICAL IMPROVEMENT
MEDIATION
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
MENTAL ANGUISH
MENTAL DISABILITY
MIRANDA WARNING
MISDEMEANOR
MITTIMUS
MMI
MOOT
MURDER

N
NEGLIGENCE
NEGLIGENCE PER SE
NET WAGE LOSS
NO FAULT
NOLO CONTENDERE
NONFEASANCE
NOTICE OF DEFECTIVE CONDITION
NUNCUPATIVE WILL

O
OATH
ORDINANCE

P
PARTY
PER DIEM
PERMANENT ALIMONY
PERMANENT INJUNCTION
PERSON
PERSONAL INJURY
PERSONAL PROPERTY
PLAINTIFF
PREMARITAL AGREEMENT
PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT
PRIMA FACIE
PRODUCT LIABILITY
PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE
PSYCHIATRIST

Q
QUESTION OF FACT
QUESTION OF LAW

R
REASONABLE CARE
REDACTION
REDEMPTION
REMEDIES
RESPONDENT
RETAINER
RISING ALCOHOL DEFENSE

S
SECURED DEBT
SELF-DEFENSE
SEPARATION
SEQUESTER
SETTLEMENT
SETTLEMENT DEMAND
SLIP AND FALL
SPENDTHRIFT TRUST
SPONDYLOLISTHESIS
SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE
SPOUSAL SUPPORT
SPRINKLING TRUST
STATUTE
STIPULATION
STRICT LIABILITY
STROKE
STRUCTURED SETTLEMENT
SUBORNATION OF PERJURY
SUBPOENA
SUBROGATION
SUMMONS
SURETY BOND
SURVIVAL ACTION
SURVIVAL STATUTES
SURVIVORSHIP

T
TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY MEMORANDUM
TESTAMENTARY TRUST
TESTATOR
TESTIMONY
TORT
TORTFEASOR
TPPM
TRIAL
TRUST
TRUSTEE

U
UNINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE
USER

V
VENUE
VERDICT
VISITATION

W
WAIVER OF IMMUNITY
WARRANT
WILL
WILLFUL NEGLIGENCE
WITNESS
WORKERS' COMPENSATION
WRONGFUL DEATH
WRONGFUL DEATH ACTION
WRONGFUL DEATH STATUTE

 
 

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