LIFE EVENTS

Attestation Clause

Definition

A clause at the end of a document, in particular a will, which sets forth the legal requirements the document must satisfy, states that those requirements have been met, and is signed by one or more witnesses. An attestation clause...

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...

Attorney's Lien

Definition

The right of a lawyer to hold a client's property until the client pays for legal services provided. The property may include business files, official documents, and money awarded by a court. The right to an attorney's lien may come from...

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...

Attractive Nuisance

Definition

A dangerous condition on a landowner’s property that may attract children onto the land and may involve risk or harm to their safety. Because child trespassers may not appreciate the risks that the dangerous condition poses, landowners...

Attractive Nuisance Doctrine

A doctrine in tort law under which a landowner may be liable for injuries to children who trespass on land if the injury results from a hazardous object or condition on the land that is likely to attract children who are unable to appreciate the risk...

Augmented Estate

The augmented estate is the value of a decedent’s estate used when the surviving spouse chooses to take an elective share, rather than what was left by will. The Uniform Probate Code calculates the augmented estate as all real and personal...

Authority

Authority is the official permission or right to act, often on behalf of another. Authority may also be a person or institution that has power over another person.

Authority as agency is the power to act on behalf of another...

Authorize

To authorize means to grant authority; to empower. It may also mean to formally or officially approve.

[Last updated in June of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]

Automatic Stay

Automatic is an automatic injunction that prohibits most creditor collection activities, after debtor has filed for bankruptcy.

The stay begins at the moment the bankruptcy petition is filed, however,...

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