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Attorney of Record

Definition

1) A lawyer who appears in court or receives pleadings and other formal documents on a party's behalf. Also known as counsel of record.

2) In patent and trademark law, a lawyer or agent named in a power of attorney filed by a patent or...

Attorney Work Product

Definition

Written or oral materials prepared by or for an attorney in the course of legal representation, especially in preparation for litigation. Generally, an opposing party may not discover or compel disclosure of work product. In limited...

Attorney Work Product Privilege

Overview

The work product doctrine states that an adverse party generally may not discover or compel disclosure of written or oral materials prepared by or for an attorney in the course of legal representation, especially in preparation for litigation....

Attorney's Duty of Confidentiality

Definition

The ethical duty of a lawyer not to affirmatively disclose information related to the representation of a client. Unlike the attorney-client privilege, the duty of confidentiality is in effect at all times, not just in the face of legal...

Attorney's Fees (or Attorneys' Fees)

Definition

The amount billed to a client for legal services performed on his or her behalf. Attorney's fees may be an hourly, flat (for a particular service, e.g. $10,000 to handle all aspects of a DUI case) or contingent fee (a percentage of client's...

Authenticate

To authenticate means to prove or verify the authenticity of a thing; to show something to be genuine or real. To authenticate may also be to officially attest to the authenticity of something or to give authority by proof or by other legally...

Authentication

In trial practice, the process by which a party attempting to have some sort of evidence admitted at trial must provide sufficient evidence so that a reasonable juror can conclude that the evidence the party seeks to admit is what that party claims it...

Authority

Authority is the official permission or right to act, often on behalf of another. Authority may also be a person or institution that has power over another person.

Authority as agency is the power to act on behalf of another...

Authorize

To authorize means to grant authority; to empower. It may also mean to formally or officially approve.

[Last updated in June of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]

Avowal

Overview

An avowal is a declaration made by an attorney during the trial process. This is an open declaration by an attorney representing a party in a lawsuit, made after the jury has been removed from the courtroom, that requests the admission of...

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