business law

Assignment

Assignment is a legal term whereby an individual, the “assignor,” transfers rights, property, or other benefits to another known as the “assignee.” This concept is used in both contract and property law. The term can refer to either the act of...

Assignment for Benefit of Creditors

Assignment for the benefit of the creditors (ABC)(also known as general assignment for the benefit of the creditors) is a voluntary alternative to formal bankruptcy proceedings that transfers all of the assets from a debtor to a trust for...

Association

1. An organization of people that is not incorporated. In general, an association is not a separate entity from the persons who compose it. However, some laws may require associations to pay taxes, particularly if they have certain features that...

Assumable Mortgage

A type of financing in which one person may take over the mortgage from another. For example, Buyer 1 wants to buy a house, so he takes out a mortgage (borrows money from the bank to pay for the house). If Buyer 1 wants to sell the house to Buyer 2...

Assume

To assume means to undertake. Generally, in legal contexts, to assume means to take over a certain duty or responsibility. For example, Alice may assume Bob’s liability for a debt (Alice may take over Bob’s debt).

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Assumption

An assumption is an assertion or statement that is taken as true or supposed as a fact without proof or substantiating evidence. An assumption may also be the act of taking over (another individual or entity’s) duty or responsibility.

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At-Will Employment

At-will employment is an employment arrangement in which the employee may quit at any time, and the employer may fire the employee for any reason and at any point, so long as the dismissal isn’t for an unlawful reason. For example, an...

Attached

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) In real estate, when equipment, shelving, or furniture is solidly incorporated into a structure, such as bolted to the floor or wired to the ceiling (and not capable of being removed without damage to...

Attachment

An attachment is a court order seizing specific property. Attachment is used both as a pre-trial provisional remedy and to enforce a final judgment.

Sometimes, courts attach a defendant's property as a provisional remedy to prevent the...

Attorney-in-fact

Definition

An agent authorized to act on behalf of another person, but not necessarily authorized to practice law, e.g. a person authorized to act by a power of attorney. An attorney in fact is a fiduciary. Also known as attorney in fact or private...

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