malpractice
From Latin “mala praxis”; an unskilled act done by either a doctor, or a lawyer, a nurse, or an architect, that resulted in injury to a client or patient. The failure of a professional to follow the accepted standards of practice of his or her profession. Based on a legal theory that a professional owes duty of care to a patient or a client and if such … Full Definition »
Law topic: Legal Malpractice << Legal issue: Professional Malpractice
mediation
Mediation means a process in which a mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between parties to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement regarding their dispute. Mediation is often used in family related disputes such as divorce, child custody or visitation determination. A specially trained person called mediator helps two opposing … Full Definition »
Law topic: Divorce & Separation << Legal issue: Family Law
mens rea
Latin translation: guilty mind One of two nesessary elements of most of crimes. There are several degrees of mens reas: intentional harm, harm as a result of non-action; criminal negligence; recklessness. … Full Definition »
Law topic: Felonies << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
minor
Minor means a person under 18 years of age whose disabilities have not been removed by marriage or otherwise. (FL Probate Court, PART II, Sec. 731.110) … Full Definition »
Law topic: Family Law << Legal issue: Family Law
misappropriation
For an idea to be protected from misappropriation, it needs to be concrete but does not need to be reduced to a completely detailed proposal. Hamilton Nat’l Bank v. Belt, 210 F.2d 706 (D.C. Cir. 1953). Only novel ideas are protected. Murray v. NBC, 844 F.2s 988 (2d Cir. 1988). Unauthorized use of likeness of celebrity’s voice is prohibited. Midler v. Ford … Full Definition »
Law topic: Copyright Infringement << Legal issue: Intellectual Property
misdemeanor
a lesser crime punishable by a fine and/or county jail time for up to one year. In contrast to felonies, which can be punished by a state prison term for more than 1 year. Misdemeanors are tried in municipal court, police or justice courts. Typical misdemeanors include: petty theft, disturbing the peace, simple assault and battery, drunk driving … Full Definition »
Law topic: Felonies << Legal issue: Criminal Defense
Monitor
Monitor is a new term approved by the NY legislature in 2008 in connection with the new Power of attorney laws of NY. The purpose of appointing a monitor is to prevent elder abuse and abuse of a power of attorney. A monitor can be appointed by the principal in the Power of attorney and is given the authority to request, receive, and seek to compel the … Full Definition »
Law topic: Power Of Attorney << Legal issue: Trusts & Estate Planning
mortgage
\ ˈmɔː.gɪdʒ \ "Mortgage" or "Lien" includes deed of trust, vendor ’s lien, chattel mortgage, mechanic ’s, materialman ’s or laborer ’s lien, judgment, attachment or garnishment lien, pledge by hypothecation, and Federal or State tax liens. (CHAPTER I, Sec. 3.) … Full Definition »
Law topic: Mortgages << Legal issue: Real Estate Law
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certificate of title
A certificate of title is a proof of ownership for a used car, boat, or ATV. To transfer the ownership to a third party you need to sign the sertificate of title for a vehicle and five it to a new owner. A certificate of title is a state-issued document that contains essential information about the vehicle such as model, type, year, and info about the … Full Definition »
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