Thursday, May 14, 2015

11 Common Legal Terms And What They Mean

It's no secret - successfully navigating a legal case requires carefully juggling lots of moving parts. Your main concern should be on acquiring evidence and working closely with your attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, but some people find themselves spending more time simply trying to decipher the legal terms and vocabulary that make up each legal document.

Don't let all those confusing legal terms overwhelm you! The team at O'Donnell Law Center is here to help ease the burden with this simple glossary of common legal terms and vocabulary.


Legal Terms - Defined

Affidavit
A written document containing facts the signer swears are true (under penalty of perjury).

Appeal
A request to have a previous ruling reviewed (and affirmed or reversed) by a court of higher authority.

Common Law
Law that gets its power from customs and judicial decisions as opposed to statutes and legislation.

Contempt Of Court
When someone knowingly violates or disrespects the court's order, proceedings, or instructions, they are held in contempt of court. Those held in contempt of court may be subject to confinement or fines.

Cross-Examination
The act of questioning the other side's witness.

Defendant
The company or individual who has been accused of a civil or criminal wrongdoing.

Litigation
The process of a legal controversy culminating in a courtroom trial.

Mediation
The process by which a neutral third party supervises the discussions and communications between disputing parties in an attempt to reach a settlement, compromise, or other form of resolution.

Plaintiff
The company or individual who is claiming to have been wronged and is bringing the case forward. Sometimes called the "complainant."

Subpoena
A court order that requires someone to appear and testify or to produce some designated form of evidence. Failure to comply could result in being held in contempt of court.

Other Questions? Contact Us!

Legal cases often arise during what could already be considered a stressful time, such as divorce or an accident. Don't let the legal case itself add stress to your situation. The team at our Lake of the Ozarks law firm is dedicated to lifting the burden from your shoulders. If you have questions or concerns about your legal case, remember that the team at O'Donnell Law Center can be here for you every step of the way.

Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.

O'Donnell Law Center

We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Pinterest
Connect with us on LinkedIn
+1 us on Google+

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065
(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

No comments:

Post a Comment