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  • legal aid organizations

    Organizations that provide free legal advice, representation, and other legal services in noncriminal cases to low-income people....

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  • Legal Custody

    A parent's right and responsibility to make decisions about a child's health, education and well being. There are two types of legal custody orders: joint legal custody and sole legal custody....

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  • legal parent

    A person who is recognized by the law as the parent of a child....

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  • legal separation

    You and your spouse or domestic partner can end your relationship but still remain legally married or partnered, and get court orders on parenting and money issues, with a judgment of legal separation...

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  • lessee

    See tenant....

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  • lessor

    See landlord....

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  • Letters of Conservatorship

    A court paper that states that the conservator is authorized to act on the conservatee's behalf. Also called "Letters."...

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  • levy

    To obtain money by legal process through seizure and/or sale of property....

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  • levying officer

    Sheriff or marshal that is given the power by a writ of execution to levy on a judgment debtor's property....

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  • libel

    False and malicious material that is written or published that is defamatory and hurts a person's reputation. (Compare slander.)...

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  • license hold

    The action taken to prevent someone from renewing their driver's license until a legal matter is settled....

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  • lien

    A claim on property to prevent the sale or transfer of that property until a debt is paid. The lien may be enforced or collected by levying on the property. (See also levy.)...

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  • limited conservatorship

    A conservatorship for developmentally disabled adults....

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  • Limited-scope representation

    An arrangement with a lawyer to receive help on some parts of a case for a set fee or limited fees. Also called "unbundled legal services" or "unbundling"....

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  • lis pendens

    Jurisdiction of a court over property until final decision of a case; from the Latin for "a pending suit."...

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