Dictionary of Law
habeas corpus :: (hay-bee-us core-puss) n. Latin for "you have the ... nality of a state court conviction.
habitable :: adj. referring to a residence that is safe and can ... rent. See also: landlord and tenant
habitual criminal :: n. under the statutes of many states, a person who ... r any further criminal convictions.
half blood :: 1) adj. sharing one parent only. 2) n. a half brot ... icularly Native American and white.
harass :: (either harris or huh-rass) v. systematic and/or c ... also: harassment sexual harassment
harassment :: (either harris-meant or huh-rass-meant) n. the act ... See also: harass sexual harassment
harmless error :: n. an error by a judge in the conduct of a trial w ... ar to be harmless." See also: error
head of household :: n. 1) in federal income tax law, the person filing ... n or daughter. 3) "head of family."
headnote :: n. the summary of the key legal points determined ... not the court's. See also: reports
hearing :: n. any proceeding before a judge or other magistra ... e hearing preliminary hearing trial
hearsay :: n. 1) second-hand evidence in which the witness is ... t or gossip. See also: hearsay rule
hearsay rule :: n. the basic rule that testimony or documents whic ... interest dying declaration hearsay
heat of passion :: n. in a criminal case, when the accused was in an ... oing. See also: manslaughter murder
heir :: n. one who acquires property upon the death of ano ... y pretermitted heir succession will
heir apparent :: n. the person who is expected to receive a share o ... isinherited by will. See also: heir
heiress :: n. feminine heir, often used to denote a woman who ... in the "department store heiress."
heirs of the body :: n. descendants of one's bloodline, such as childre ... nal owner. See also: heir reversion
held :: v. decided or ruled, as "the court held that the c ... See also: decision judgment ruling
hereditament :: n. any kind of property which can be inherited. Th ... till found in some wills and deeds.
hidden asset :: n. an item of value which does not show on the boo ... ets on a profit and loss statement.
highway :: n. any public street, road, turnpike or canal whic ... rivilege and not an absolute right.
hit and run :: n. the crime of a driver of a vehicle who is invol ... , and then walks back to the scene.
hobby loss :: n. in income tax, a loss from a business activity ... educted against annual income only.
hold harmless :: n. a promise to pay any costs or claims which may ... e other party agrees to cover them.
holder :: n. a general term for anyone in possession of prop ... older in due course promissory note
holder in due course :: n. one holding a check or promissory note, receive ... note. See also: bona fide purchaser
holding :: 1) n. any ruling or decision of a court. 2) n. any ... 4) v. keeping in one's possession.
holding company :: n. a company, usually a corporation, which is crea ... gement and policies of all of them.
holdover tenancy :: n. the situation when a tenant of real estate cont ... to a lawsuit for unlawful detainer.
holographic will :: n. a will entirely handwritten, dated and signed b ... lost in the desert. See also: will
home rule :: n. the power of a local city or county to set up i ... state funds for local improvements.
homestead :: 1) n. the house and lot of a homeowner which the h ... s in "he homesteaded the property."
hometowned :: adv. legalese for a lawyer or client suffering dis ... orneys over those from out of town.
homicide :: n. the killing of a human being due to the act or ... aughter murder self-defense suicide
hornbook law :: n. lawyer lingo for a fundamental and well-accepte ... e a hornbook is a primer of basics.
hostile possession :: n. occupancy of a piece of real property coupled w ... verse possession quiet title action
hostile witness :: n. technically an "adverse witness" in a trial who ... so: adverse witness leading witness
hot pursuit :: n. when a law enforcement officer is so close behi ... sh pursuit. See also: fresh pursuit
hotchpot :: n. the putting together, blending or mixing of var ... t in the hotchpot and then divided.
house counsel :: n. any attorney who works only for a particular bu ... business. See also: general counsel
household :: n. a family living together, all of whom need not ... r, all of whom need not be related.
hung jury :: n. slang for a hopelessly deadlocked jury in a cri ... also: dismissal jury mistrial trial
hypothecate :: v. from Greek for "pledge," a generic term for usi ... sion. See also: secured transaction