Dictionary of Law
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
T.R.O. :: n. legal slang for temporary restraining order. Se ... order. See also: restraining order
tainted evidence :: n. in a criminal trial, information which has been ... e search and seizure search warrant
take :: v. to gain or obtain possession, including the rec ... eal property or stealing an object.
taking the Fifth :: n. the refusal to testify on the ground that the t ... ifth." See also: self-incrimination
tangible property :: n. physical articles (things) as distinguished fro ... operty personal property personalty
tax :: n. a governmental assessment (charge) upon propert ... unified estate and gift tax use tax
tax costs :: n. a motion to contest a claim for court costs sub ... sts" to avoid paying these charges.
Tax Court :: n. a federal agency with courts in major cities wh ... Appeals. See also: court income tax
tax evasion :: n. intentional and fraudulent attempt to escape pa ... o reduce the amount of payable tax.
tax return :: n. the form to be filed with a taxing authority by ... able to the taxpayer. See also: tax
tax sale :: n. an auction sale of a taxpayer's property conduc ... government to collect unpaid taxes.
temporary injunction :: n. a court order prohibiting an action by a party ... ry injunction. See also: injunction
temporary insanity :: n. in a criminal prosecution, a defense by the acc ... diminished capacity insanity intent
tenancy :: n. the right to occupy real property permanently, ... rety tenancy in common tenant title
tenancy at sufferance :: n. a "hold-over" tenancy after a lease has expired ... y tenancy at will unlawful detainer
tenancy at will :: n. occupation of real property owned by another un ... right to occupy. See also: tenancy
tenancy by the entirety :: n. joint ownership of title by husband and wife, i ... ee also: community property tenancy
tenancy in common :: n. title to property (usually real property, but i ... on. See also: joint tenancy tenancy
tenant :: n. a person who occupies real property owned by an ... rental payments. See also: tenancy
tender :: 1) v. to present to another person an unconditiona ... he tender. See also: delivery offer
tenement :: n. 1) a term found in older deeds or in boiler-pla ... d by stairways. See also: structure
tentative trust :: n. a bank account deposited in the name of the dep ... hdrawn at any time. See also: trust
tenure :: n. 1) in real property, the right to possess the p ... e a probationary period has passed.
term :: n. 1) in contracts or leases, a period of time, su ... nancy" is one term for "occupancy."
testacy :: n. dying with a will (a testament). It is compared ... without a will. See also: intestacy
testamentary :: adj. pertaining to a will. ... adj. pertaining to a will.
testamentary capacity :: n. having the mental competency to execute a will ... lso: competent undue influence will
testamentary disposition :: n. how the terms of a will divide the testator's ( ... named beneficiaries. See also: will
testamentary trust :: n. a trust created by the terms of a will. Example ... vivos trust living trust trust will
testator :: n. a person who has written a will which is in eff ... me of his/her death. See also: will
testatrix :: n. female form of testator, although distinguishin ... out of fashion. See also: testator
testify :: v. to give oral evidence under oath in answer to q ... deposition evidence testimony trial
testimony :: n. oral evidence given under oath by a witness in ... tion evidence testify trial witness
theft :: n. the generic term for all crimes in which a pers ... rglary embezzlement larceny robbery
third party :: n. a person who is not a party to a contract or a ... beneficiary third-party beneficiary
third-party beneficiary :: n. a person who is not a party to a contract but h ... tract as a third-party beneficiary.
Thirty-day notice :: n. a notice by a landlord to a tenant on a month-t ... e also: landlord and tenant service
three strikes, you're out :: n. recent (beginning 1994) legislation enacted in ... ich involve small amounts of money.
three-day notice :: n. a notice to pay delinquent rent or quit (leave ... nd tenant service unlawful detainer
tide lands :: n. land between the high and low tides, which is u ... ch fronts on the sea at that point.
time is of the essence :: n. a phrase often used in contracts which in effec ... g the agreement. See also: contract
time served :: n. the period a criminal defendant has been in jai ... o the defendant. See also: sentence
timely :: adj. within the time required by statute, court ru ... ed on the 61st day is not "timely."
title :: n. 1) ownership of real property or personal prope ... ink slip real property title search
title abstract :: n. a history of the chain of title. See also: abst ... chain of title. See also: abstract
title insurance :: n. a policy issued by an insurance company guarant ... : chain of title title title search
title report :: n. the written analysis of the status of title to ... lso: abstract title title insurance
title search :: n. the examination of county records for the prope ... e escrow lien title title insurance
to wit :: prep. that is to say. Example: "the passengers in ... tty Bumgartner and Sherry Younger."
toll :: v. 1) to delay, suspend or hold off the effect of ... bridge or take passage on a ferry.
tontine :: n. a rare agreement among several persons who agre ... e the remaining assets and profits.
tools of trade :: n. in bankruptcy law, the equipment a person requi ... pay creditors. See also: bankruptcy
tort :: n. from French for "wrong," a civil wrong or wrong ... nce slander trespass wrongful death
tort claims act :: n. a federal or state act which, under certain con ... . See also: Federal Tort Claims Act
tortfeasor :: n. a person who commits a tort (civil wrong), eith ... : joint tortfeasors negligence tort
tortious :: adj. referring to an act which is a tort (civil wr ... tort (civil wrong). See also: tort
trade :: 1) n. a business or occupation for profit, particu ... rade fixture trade secret trademark
trade fixture :: n. a piece of equipment on or attached to the real ... uch damage. See also: fixture trade
trade name :: n. a name of a business or one of its products whi ... t is different. See also: trademark
trade secret :: n. a process, method, plan, formula or other infor ... e invention. See also: patent trade
trademark :: n. a distinctive design, picture, emblem, logo or ... ing trademark. See also: trade name
trader :: in U.S. income tax law, a person who deals in prop ... ultation with a C.P.A. or attorney.
transcript :: n. the written record of all proceedings, includin ... unless transcription is requested.
transfer :: n. 1) the movement of property from one person or ... son or shipment to continue travel.
transfer agent :: n. a person or company retained by a corporation t ... stockbroker. See also: share stock
transfer in contemplation of death :: n. giving property under the belief of the giver t ... lso: gift in contemplation of death
transferred intent :: n. in both criminal and tort (civil wrong) law, wh ... hit upon Truehart. See also: intent
treason :: n. the crime of betraying one's country, defined i ... nment. See also: espionage sedition
treasury bill :: n. a promissory note issued in multiples of $10,00 ... e also: treasury bond treasury note
treasury bond :: n. a long-term bond issued by the U.S. Treasury. S ... e also: treasury bill treasury note
treasury note :: n. a promissory note issued by the U.S. Treasury, ... e also: treasury bill treasury bond
treasury stock :: n. stock of a private corporation which was issued ... be entitled. See also: share stock
treaty :: n. a pact between nations which, if entered into b ... ation and not enforceable treaties.
treble damages :: n. tripling damages allowed by state statute in ce ... damage penalties. See also: damages
trespass :: n. entering another person's property without perm ... for an illegal purpose is a crime.
trial :: n. the examination of facts and law presided over ... at a hearing held at a later time.
trial court :: n. the court which holds the original trial, as di ... a court of appeals. See also: trial
trial de novo :: n. a form of appeal in which the appeals court hol ... from small claims court judgments.
tribunal :: n. any court, judicial body or board which has qua ... zoning regulations. See also: court
trier of fact :: n. the judge or jury responsible for deciding fact ... r referee may be the trier of fact.
triple net lease :: n. a lease in which the lessee's (tenant's) rent i ... ers and malls. See also: lease rent
true bill :: n. the written decision of a Grand Jury (signed by ... to the court. See also: indictment
trust :: n. an entity created to hold assets for the benefi ... testamentary trust trustee trustor
trust deed :: n. another name for a deed of trust, a form of mor ... paid back. See also: deed of trust
trust fund :: n. the principal (called the corpus) of a trust, m ... ccumulated profits. See also: trust
trustee :: n. a person or entity who holds the assets (corpus ... es. See also: settlor trust trustor
trustee in bankruptcy :: n. a person appointed by a bankruptcy court to sup ... f the debtors. See also: bankruptcy
trustor :: n. the creator of a trust (who normally places the ... ern states. See also: settlor trust
Truth in Lending Act :: n. a federal statute which requires a commercial l ... erms and cancel the loan agreement.
turn states' evidence :: v. for a person accused of a crime to decide to gi ... recommendation of a light sentence.
Twinkie defense :: n. a claim by a criminal defendant that at the tim ... rder. See also: diminished capacity