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General law

Common terminology used in legal business.

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settlement

Legal services; General law

A resolution between disputing parties about a legal case, reached either before or after court action begins.

solicitation

Legal services; General law

The pursuit of business from specific prospective clients; unethical for lawyers, paralegals and legal secretaries.

request for admissions

Legal services; General law

A written statement that the opposing party must admit or deny under oath. Failure to respond within a specified period of time means that the statement will be deemed admitted.

retainer

Law; General law

Money paid to secure the services of an attorney; actual services will be deducted from the retainer. Similar to a deposit.

resident agent

Law; General law

A business or person authorized to accept service on behalf of a corporation as though the corporation itself had been served.

stare decisis

Legal services; General law

The doctrine whereby a previous court decision will guide the court in deciding a current case unless there is a compelling reason to hold otherwise.

subrogation

Law; General law

The replacing of one person for another in a legal matter, conferring all rights and obligations is called subrogation.

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