separation agreement
a written agreement between a husband and wife whereby they agree to live separate and apart from each other. A separation agreement may also: Settle the property rights of the parties; Provide for child support; Provide for the allocation of custodial responsibility and the determination of decision-making responsibility for the children of the … Full Definition »
Law topic: Divorce & Separation << Legal issue: Family Law
SMGR
SMGR stands for a Statutory Major Gifts Rider. Statutory major gifts rider is a new term adopted by the NY Legislature in 2008. The Statutory major gifts rider (SMGR) must be a part of a valid NY Statutory Short Form of a Power of attorney. It means a document by which the principal (a person executing a Power of attorney) may supplement a statutory short … Full Definition »
Law topic: Power Of Attorney << Legal issue: Trusts & Estate Planning
spousal support
Spousal support can be defined as the payment for support of an ex-spouse (or a spouse while a divorce is pending) ordered by the court. spousal support is more commonly called alimony. Spousal support is calculated based on the length of the marriage, both parties' income, standard of living, etc. … Full Definition »
Law topic: Divorce & Separation << Legal issue: Family Law
SSI
SSI (Supplemental Security Income) is a program established nationwide to pay monthly benefits to individuals with limited income and resources who are blind or disabled, or age 65 or older. Unlike Social Security benefits, SSI benefits are not based on your prior work or a family member's prior work. In most States, SSI beneficiaries also can get … Full Definition »
Law topic: Elder Care << Legal issue: Elder Law
standards of copyright ability
“[T]he requisite level of creativity is extremely low; even a slight amount will suffice. The vast majority of works make the grade quite easily…” Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Company, Inc., 499 U.S. 340 (1991). “Where the truths of a science or the methods of an art are the common property of the whole world, any author has the … Full Definition »
Law topic: Copyright << Legal issue: Intellectual Property
Standby guardian
- a person judicially appointed as standby guardian of the person and/or property of an infant whose authority becomes effective upon the incapacity or death of the infant's parent, legal guardian, legal custodian or primary caretaker or upon the consent of the parent, legal guardian, legal custodian or primary caretaker; or upon the … Full Definition »
Law topic: Foster Care << Legal issue: Family Law
Statutory major gifts rider
Statutory major gifts rider is a new term adopted by the NY Legislature in 2008. The Statutory major gifts rider (SMGR) must be a part of a valid NY Statutory Short Form of a Power of attorney. It means a document by which the principal (a person executing a Power of attorney) may supplement a statutory short form power of attorney to authorize an agent … Full Definition »
Law topic: Power Of Attorney << Legal issue: Trusts & Estate Planning
Stowaway
An alien coming to the United States secretly on an airplane or vessel without legal status of admission. Such an alien is subject to denial of formal admission and return to the point of embarkation by the transportation carrier. … Full Definition »
Law topic: Visas << Legal issue: Immigration Law
strict liability
a legal doctrine that makes a persons responsible for damages their actions or failure to act cause, regardless of any "fault" on their part. Plaintiff if such action does not have to prove "negligence". See also: liability, negligence . … Full Definition »
Law topic: Intentional Torts << Legal issue: Personal Injury
subcontractor
a person or business which has a contract (as an "independent contractor" and not an employee) with a contractor to provide some portion of the work or services on a project which the contractor has agreed to perform. In building construction, subcontractors may include such trades as plumbing, electrical, roofing, cement work and plastering. If a … Full Definition »
Law topic: Contract Drafting, Review & Negotiation << Legal issue: Contracts
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debtor in possession
a person or corporation who has filed a bankruptcy petition but remains in possession of property upon which a creditor has a lien or similar security interest. Section 1107 of the Bankruptcy Code places the debtor in possession in the position of a fiduciary, with the rights and powers of a chapter 11 trustee, and it requires the debtor to perform of all … Full Definition »
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