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  • U.S. attorney

    A lawyer appointed by the president of the United States in each federal judicial district to prosecute and defend cases for the federal government. The Office of the U.S. Attorney has a staff of assi...

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  • Unbundled legal services (or unbundling)

    An arrangement with a lawyer to receive help on some parts of a case for a set fee or limited fees. Also called "limited-scope representation."...

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  • unclaimed funds

    Support payment that can't be disbursed because the identity of the payor, or the address of the payee, is unknown....

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  • undertaking

    A promise given during a legal proceeding by a party or his or her attorney, usually as a condition of getting some concession from the court or the other party....

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  • Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)

    Uniform state laws that provide mechanisms for establishing and enforcing child support obligations in interstate cases (when a noncustodial parent lives in a different state than his or her child and...

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  • uninhabitable

    A rental unit that has problems or defects so serious that they affect the tenant's health or safety. A rental unit may be uninhabitable if it is not fit for people to live in, or if does not follow i...

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  • unlawful detainer

    A lawsuit in which a landlord tries to evict a tenant because, according to the landlord, the tenant no longer has the right to live on the property. Also called an eviction....

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  • unlawful detainer assistant

    Any person paid to help someone in an eviction (unlawful detainer) case, including any bankruptcy petition that may affect the unlawful detainer case....

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  • unreimbursed public assistance

    Money paid in public assistance to support a child (like, TANF or AFDC) that a noncustodial parent that was ordered to pay child support has not yet paid back....

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  • uphold

    When an appellate court agrees with the lower court decision and allows it to stand. (See also affirmation.)...

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  • urine test

    A medical test of a urine sample to see if it contains evidence of alcohol or some other drug....

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  • vacate the default judgment

    Getting a default judgment removed or erased. (See also default judgment.)...

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  • venire

    Usually describes the whole group of people called for jury duty from which the jurors are selected. From the Latin for "to come."...

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  • venue

    The particular court in which an action may be brought....

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  • verdict

    The final decision about the guilt or innocence of a criminal defendant made by a judge or jury. In a civil case, can be (1) general, a jury verdict in a civil case in favor of the plaintiff or in fav...

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