next of kin
Next of Kin is a term used to describe person's closest living blood relative or relatives. Usually it is a child, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and so on. "Next of kin" includes an adopted child or his or her descendents and the adoptive parent of the adopted child. (Texas Probate Code). Generally speaking, spouses are not next of kin of each … Full Definition »
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no fault divorce
In a no-fault divorce action, spouses can terminate a marriage at will. The spouse suing for divorce does not have to prove that the other spouse did something wrong. In a no-fault divorce, it is irrelevant who did what to whom that caused the marriage to break down. The only important matter is that there is no reasonable chance of reconciliation. One … Full Definition »
Law topic: Divorce & Separation << Legal issue: Family Law
nondischargeable debt
A debt that cannot be eliminated in bankruptcy. Examples include a home mortgage, debts for alimony or child support, certain taxes, debts for most government funded or guaranteed educational loans or benefit overpayments, debts arising from death or personal injury caused by driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, and debts for … Full Definition »
Law topic: Personal Bankruptcy << Legal issue: Bankruptcy Law
nonobviousness
“Under §103, the scope and content of prior art are to be determined; differences between the prior art and the claims at issue are to be ascertained; and the level of ordinary skill in pertinent art resolved. Against this background, the obviousness and nonobviousness of the subject matter is determined. Such secondary consideration as commercial … Full Definition »
Law topic: Patent Prosecution << Legal issue: Intellectual Property
novelty and statutory bars
“But can it be said that the invention was in public use? The use of an invention by the inventor himself, or of any other person under his direction, by way of experiment, and in order to bring the invention to perfection, has never been regarded as such a use.” City of Elizabeth v. American Nicholson Pavement Co., 97 U.S. 126 (1877). … Full Definition »
Law topic: Patent Prosecution << Legal issue: Intellectual Property
Nuncupative Will
A will is nuncupative when it is unwritten, and the making thereof by the testator and its provisions are clearly established by at least two witnesses. … Full Definition »
Law topic: Wills Drafting << Legal issue: Wills & Probate
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To draw the inference that because a certain thing is true, then another thing must be true as well. From Latin "even more so", or “with even stronger reason". Thus, if Winnie the Pooh can not lift a pot with honey, a Piglet can not lift it a fortiori. … Full Definition »
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