Dictionary of Law

care :: legal definition

Care - n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved.

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after-acquired property :: n. 1) personal or real property acquired by a debt ... lso: bankruptcy secured transaction
civil :: adj. 1) that part of the law that encompasses busi ... also: civil liberties civil rights
comparative negligence :: n. a rule of law applied in accident cases to dete ... utory negligence damages negligence
conflict of interest :: n. a situation in which a person has a duty to mor ... a position adverse to the customer.
contractor :: n. 1) a person or entity that enters into a contra ... actor mechanic's lien subcontractor
contributory negligence :: n. a doctrine of common law that if a person was i ... : comparative negligence negligence
direct and proximate cause :: n. the immediate reason damage was caused by an ac ... so: cause complaint proximate cause
disfigure :: v. to cause permanent change in a person's body, p ... . See also: damages general damages
double jeopardy :: n. placing someone on trial a second time for an o ... that occurred thirty years earlier.
duty of care :: n. a requirement that a person act toward others a ... e also: negligence standard of care
fraud :: n. the intentional use of deceit, a trick or some ... audulent conveyance intrinsic fraud
Good Samaritan rule :: n. from a Biblical story, if a volunteer comes to ... a lawsuit for millions of dollars.
gross negligence :: n. carelessness which is in reckless disregard for ... damages negligence punitive damages
guardian :: n. a person who has been appointed by a judge to t ... torship. See also: conservator ward
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hit and run :: n. the crime of a driver of a vehicle who is invol ... , and then walks back to the scene.
impute :: v. 1) to attach to a person responsibility (and th ... also. See also: vicarious liability
incriminate :: v. to make a statement in which one admits that he ... d to information which would be so.
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information and belief :: n. a phrase often used in legal pleadings (complai ... nswer complaint declaration perjury
injury :: n. any harm done to a person by the acts or omissi ... nction injunctive relief negligence
intervening cause :: n. an event which occurs between the original impr ... cause negligence superseding cause
joint and several :: adj. referring to a debt or a judgment for neglige ... ution contributory negligence joint
joint tortfeasors :: n. two or more persons whose negligence in a singl ... : comparative negligence negligence
jump bail :: v. to fail to appear for a court appearance after ... also: bail bail bond bail bondsman
last clear chance :: n. a rule of law in determining responsibility for ... contributory negligence negligence
liability :: n. one of the most significant words in the field ... bility joint tortfeasors negligence
libel :: 1) n. to publish in print (including pictures), wr ... libel per se public figure slander
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negligence :: n. failure to exercise the care toward others whic ... gence per se res ipsa loquitur tort
no fault insurance :: n: a type of automobile insurance required of car ... ling lawsuits. See also: negligence
nuisance :: n. the unreasonable, unwarranted and/or unlawful u ... evening). See also: public nuisance
personal services :: n. in contract law, the talents of a person which ... his/her unique ability and product.
plea :: n. 1) in criminal law, the response by an accused ... raignment plead preliminary hearing
product liability :: n. the responsibility of manufacturers, distributo ... e known. See also: warrant warranty
property damage :: n. injury to real or personal property through ano ... l value. See also: damages property
proximate cause :: n. a happening which results in an event, particul ... also: intervening cause negligence
reasonable care :: n. the degree of caution and concern for the safet ... . See also: duty of care negligence
rescue doctrine :: n. the rule of law that if a rescuer of a person h ... to the car grill. See also: damages
slander :: n. oral defamation, in which someone tells one or ... . See also: defamation fair comment
sound mind and memory :: n. having an understanding of one's actions and re ... ee also: competent incompetent will
standard of care :: n. the watchfulness, attention, caution and pruden ... of care foreseeable risk negligence
statute of limitations :: n. a law which sets the maximum period which one c ... ies. See also: demurrer laches toll
strict liability :: n. automatic responsibility (without having to pro ... bility negligence res ipsa loquitur
subrogation :: n. assuming the legal rights of a person for whom ... also: negligence subrogee subrogor
suffering :: n. the pain, hurt, inconvenience, embarrassment an ... njury negligence pain and suffering
tort :: n. from French for "wrong," a civil wrong or wrong ... nce slander trespass wrongful death
transferred intent :: n. in both criminal and tort (civil wrong) law, wh ... hit upon Truehart. See also: intent
trust :: n. an entity created to hold assets for the benefi ... testamentary trust trustee trustor
vicarious liability :: n. sometimes called "imputed liability," attachmen ... r or policeman. See also: liability

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calendar :: 1) n. the list of cases to be called for trial bef ... clerk of the court calendars cases.
calendar call :: n. the hearing at which a case is set for trial. ... g at which a case is set for trial.
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capital expenditure :: n. payment by a business for basic assets such as ... y intended to improve productivity.
capital gains :: n. the difference between the sales price and the ... so: basis delayed exchange exchange
capital investment :: capital expenditure ... capital expenditure
capital offense :: n. any criminal charge which is punishable by the ... . See also: bail capital punishment
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capital stock :: n. the original amount paid by investors into a co ... price. See also: corporation stock
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