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Legal documents and parts of legal documents - synonyms or related words

affidavit

noun

a legal document containing a written promise that something is true

article

noun

part of a legal document or agreement that deals with a particular point

bail bond

noun

a written promise to pay the accused's bail money if the accused does not appear at court for their trial

bond

noun

legal a legal document containing a promise that one person will pay money to another person

brief

noun

a document giving the facts of a legal case

claim form

noun

in England and Wales, the document a person fills in to start a civil legal case

clause

noun

legal a part of a legal document or law that officially states that something must be done

codicil

noun

an addition that makes changes to a will (=a legal document saying who gets your money and property when you die)

condition

noun

legal an important part of a contract. If a condition is breached, the contract can be ended, in contrast to a warranty, which is a less important part.

constructive contract

noun

a quasi-contract

contract

noun

legal a written legal agreement between two people or businesses that says what each must do for the other or give to the other

conveyance

noun

legal a document that shows that the person who has just bought a property is now its legal owner

covenant

noun

legal a legal agreement between two people, for example one relating to a house, land, or property

criminal record

noun

an official list of crimes that someone has committed

deed

noun

legal an official document that gives details of a legal agreement, especially about who owns a building or piece of land

design patent

noun

a form of legal protection that gives someone ownership of the design of an item

escape clause

noun

a statement in a contract that allows you to avoid doing something that the contract is intended to make you do

escrow

noun

money, property, or a legal document that is kept by someone until a particular thing has happened

implied-by-law contract

noun

a quasi-contract

innominate term

noun

a term in a contract that has not been classified and can be interpreted either as a condition that is very important, or a warranty that is less important

license agreement

noun

a legal document that comes with a software product and states how you can use the software and how many people are allowed to use it

jury summons

noun

a document from a court that tells a person they have to do jury duty

living will

noun

a legal document in which you state the decisions about your medical treatment that you want other people to make, to be used if you become too sick to make those decisions yourself

order

noun

a legal document that says what someone must or must not do

parol contract

noun

a contract that is usually purely oral, although it can be partially written too, but is not a deed

particulars of claim

noun

a document in which a claimant includes all the details of a claim

patent

noun

an official document that gives someone who has invented something the legal right to make or sell that invention for a particular period of time, and prevents anyone else from doing so

petition

noun

legal an official document in which you ask a court to take legal action

process

noun

legal an official document ordering you to take part in a case in a court of law

proffer letter

noun

in the U.S., a binding written agreement between the prosecution and the accused as part of a plea bargain

proviso

noun

the chance to change a decision or an agreement if a situation changes

quasi-contract

noun

a fictional contract created by a court to which a person is legally bound as if there were a real contract

restraining order

noun

a legal document from a judge that stops someone from doing something

rider

noun

an addition to an official document or new law

salvatorian clause

noun

a clause in a contract that states that if parts of the contract are held to be illegal or unenforceable, the remainder of the contract should still be valid

section

noun

a part of a legal document

service contract

noun

a contract with a company to keep equipment working correctly, at an agreed price during a fixed period of time

service contract

noun

British a contract between a company and a senior employee such as a senior manager

subclause

noun

part of a clause in a contract or other document

statement of case

noun

in England and Wales, any of the formal, official documents filed at a court in a legal case including details of the case or the defense

subpoena

noun

an official legal document that says you must come to a court of law to give information

summons

noun

legal an official document that orders someone to appear in a court of law

terms

noun

the conditions of a legal, business, or financial agreement that the people making it accept

testament

noun

a will

unilateral contract

noun

an agreement where one party promises something but the other party does not

waiver

noun

an official statement or document that says a right, claim, or law can be officially ignored or given up

will

noun

legal a legal document that explains what you want to happen to your money and possessions after you die. This is often more formally called a last will and testament

witness summons

noun

a document from a court that tells a person they have to appear in court as a witness

subcontract

noun
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