CIVICS

Assess

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary(1) To determine or evaluate the worth of a piece of property (real or personal), often for the purpose of calculating taxes. The assessed value is multiplied by the tax rate to determine the annual...

Assessed Value

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

The dollar amount a public tax assessor sets in deciding what a piece of property is worth; this figure is used as the basis for calculating how much property tax is owed on the property.

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Assessor

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe government agency that sets a value on real estate parcels for the purpose of local real estate taxes.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.

Assessor's Parcel Number

A number locally assigned to parcels of property for the purposes of taxation and record-keeping.

Assisted Suicide

Providing another, at their request, with the means of committing suicide. Usually, this is the context of providing drugs to a terminally ill person.

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...

Asylum

1. Refuge granted by a foreign country to individuals, especially those who face persecution elsewhere because of their social status, associations, or political beliefs. Refuge typically consists of protection from arrest and extradition. See...

Attorney General

Definition

The chief law enforcement officer of the federal government or a state. The U.S. Attorney General represents the United States in litigation, oversees federal prosecutors, and advises the President and heads of federal, executive departments...

Author

In copyright law, an author is a person who creates an original expressive work. The author is also the owner of the copyright unless the author assigns ownership to another in a written agreement. Examples of authors include artists, writers,...

Automobile Exception

The "automobile exception" is an exception to the general requirement of a warrant for searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment. Under the exception, a vehicle may be searched without a warrant when the evidence or contraband may possibly be...

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