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  • appellee

    A person that answers an appeal in higher court....

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  • arbitration

    When a person that isn't involved in the case looks at the evidence, hears the arguments, and makes a decision. (Compare with mediation and neutral evaluation.)...

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  • arrearage

    Child support that is overdue or unpaid. A parent that has arrearages is "in arrears."...

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  • arrest

    The legal capture of a person that is charged with a crime....

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  • ascertained

    Proved to be true....

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  • assault

    When someone tries or threatens to hurt you. Can include violence, but is not battery. (See battery.)...

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  • assignee

    A person or business that is put in the place of the original creditor, such as a collection agency. You can assign your judgment to another person or business....

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  • assignment of support rights

    When a person that gets public assistance (money from the government) agrees to give the state any child support they get in the future. The person gets money and other benefits from the state. So the...

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  • assignment order

    A court order (made after a motion) that says a judgment debtor must assign certain rights to the judgment creditor. Useful for payments that the judgment debtor would usually get, like rent from tena...

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  • at-issue memorandum

    A legal paper filed in a civil case that says the case is ready to go to trial. (See memorandum to set.)...

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  • attachment

    (1) Document attached to court papers to give more information; (2) A way to collect a judgment by getting a court order that says you can take a piece of property....

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  • attorney

    Someone that is qualified to represent clients in court and to give them legal advice. (See counsel and lawyer.)...

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  • attorney of record

    The lawyer whose name is listed in a case record as representing someone in the case....

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  • audit

    When records or accounts are looked at to check that they are right and complete....

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  • automated administrative enforcement of interstate (AEI) cases

    Part of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) that lets states find, put a lien on, and take property from people in a different state that owe money....

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