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alternative dispute resolution service

A place or organization that offers alternative dispute resolution opportunities is offering alternative dispute resolution services. These services are designed to resolve conflicts between parties without the need for potentially lengthy...

alternative minimum tax (AMT)

Alternative minimum tax (AMT) can be defined as a tax mechanism that calculates taxable income after certain deductions and tax preferences are made. The AMT is imposed in addition to the regular income tax for certain individuals, estates...

alternative pleading

Alternative pleading is a form of pleading that allows a party to allege two or more claims which are inconsistent with each other. Alternative pleading is fundamental to the United States court system.

During a lawsuit...

alternative writ of mandate (mandamus)

Also called an alternative mandamus.

An alternative writ of mandate is a court order that 1) states the allegations of a complaint against a governmental agency, corporation, court, official, or other public authority and 2...

ambassador

An ambassador is the highest-ranking diplomatic officer, designated by the government as its resident representative in a foreign state or before an international organization. The primary duties of ambassadors are to maintain diplomatic...

ameliorative waste

Ameliorative waste refers to modifications that increase the value of property made by a tenant who failed to obtain the landowner or future interest holder’s permission. Ameliorative waste differs from permissive waste and voluntary waste,...

amend

To amend is to make a change by adding, subtracting, or substituting. For example, one can amend a statute, a contract, the United States Constitution, or a pleading filed in a lawsuit. Generally, procedures dictate the way in which one...

amended complaint

An amended complaint is a written revision of the original complaint filed by a plaintiff or petitioner. Rule 15 of the federal rules of civil procedure allows the plaintiff to amend their complaint one time within 21 days of serving the...

amended pleading

An amended pleading is a revision of a pleading filed in an action. It is re-filed by the party who filed the original pleading and takes the place of the original pleading for all substantive purposes. After re-filing, any subsequent motion...

American Bar Association (ABA)

American Bar Association (ABA) is a voluntary bar association of lawyers, law students, and judges in the United States. It is dedicated to advancing the rule of law and serving the legal profession by providing practical resources for legal...

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