LIFE EVENTS

Alienation

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryIn real estate law, the complete and voluntary transfer of title to real estate from one person to another. The freedom to alienate property is considered essential to complete ownership.

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Alienation of Affections

In a minority of states, a spouse may sue a third party for purposefully interfering with the marital relationship. This suit is usually brought against the adulterous spouse's paramour. However, suit may also be brought against an in-law or relative...

Alimony

When a marriage ends in divorce, one spouse may receive monetary support from the other. Oftentimes, the receiving spouse must be unable to support themselves without the help of their ex-spouse. Depending on the state, support may be based on a...

Aliquot

Aliquot is derived from the Latin word meaning divisible from a larger whole without a remainder (i.e. divisible an exact number of times). Today, it usually means a fractional part or a share of the whole. The term aliquot...

Alternate Beneficiary

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA person, organization, or institution that receives property through a will, trust, or insurance policy when the first named beneficiary is unable or refuses to take the property. For example, in his...

Alternative Contingent Remainder

A pair of remainders that have opposite conditions precedent.

Alternative Reproductive Technology (ART)

Also known as assisted reproductive technology, it is an alternative to traditional reproduction, used by persons who are infertile. It is also an umbrella term that encompasses in vitro fertilization, sperm donation, ovum donation, a surrogate...

Ambiguity

Ambiguity means language in an agreement has more than one meaning. Cases such as this one from New York explain that ambiguity in the context of a contract is defined as “whether a reasonably intelligent person looking at the contract...

Ameliorative Waste

In property law, refers to a situation where a tenant makes repairs and improvements on property that increase the value of the property, but, did not ask permission of the landowner or any future interest holders to make these improvements.

Amend

To amend is to change by adding, subtracting, or substituting. One can amend a statute, a contract, the Constitution of the United States, or a pleading filed in a law suit.

For example, Article V of the...

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