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admission

An admission is a party's statement acknowledging that a certain statement or fact asserted against that party is true. In certain circumstances an admission can be made by silence. For example, silence after another party's assertion of a...

admission against interest

An admission against interest is as an out-of-court statement made by a party that is against their own pecuniary, proprietary, or penal interest, and that is admissible under both an exclusion (admission by a party-opponent) and an exception...

admission of guilt

Admission of guilt is an oral or written statement by an accused acknowledging that they have committed a criminal offense. An admission of guilt can be indicated from the words of an accused even though specific words like “yes, I am guilty...

admission to practice

Admission to the practice of law (admission to the bar of a state) is governed by rules and regulations promulgated solely by a state's courts, legislatures, and/or bar association. The rules must not violate the constitutional requirements...

admit

Admit or admitting refers to a statement made by an individual to confirm the truthfulness of a claim. In criminal law, admitting to a fact also serves as a confession of guilt. Following Alexander v. State, an admission is an...

adopt

To adopt is to accept, to bring, to choose to take up, to follow, or to use a plan or technique. To adopt is to assume a report or position, attitude, or law, as to apply them.

Also related to adoption is to form a legal...

adopted child

A person who is the subject of an adoption. Depending on the age of the person being adopted, consent may be needed before the adoption is complete. Once the adoption is complete, all legal responsibility shifts from the biological to the...

Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN)

An Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN) is a unique nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a temporary taxpayer identification number for a child in a domestic or foreign adoption process. Taxpayers must...

adoptive parent

An adoptive parent is a person who becomes the parent of a child through adoption. In order for an individual to become an adoptive parent, they must complete all the legal requirements necessary to adopt a child that is not related to them....

ADR

Definition

Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) refers to any method of resolving disputes without litigation. ADR regroups all processes and techniques of conflict resolution that occur outside of any governmental authority. The most...

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