wex definitions


The Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) expanded on the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act allowing all kinds of property such as bonds, real estate, and art to be transferred to minors and was adopted by most states. UTMA allows the property to...


Utter means to speak, articulate or issue (as in a forged document). Some common usages of the term “utter” in a legal sense include:

To utter and publish an instrument is to declare or assert, directly or indirectly, by words or...


Under common law, uttering is when a person offers as genuine a forged instrument with the intent to defraud.


Uxor is a mostly antiquated term for wife. The Latin term appears mostly as et uxor or et ux. which mean “and wife” at the end of a case name or other legal document. For example, in the case Smith et uxor v. State, et uxor shows the wife’s...


An abbreviation for versus, meaning against. Used in case names, e.g. McDonald v. Chicago, 130 S.Ct. 3020 (2010).

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Adverse party



An abbreviation for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Formerly called the Veterans Administration, this federal government body provides benefits and services to military veterans and their families.

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1) Empty, unclaimed, and/or unoccupied real property.

2) An abandoned estate, i.e. an estate that has no heirs or claimants.

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See, e.g. Simmons v. Saul, 138 U.S. 439 (1891).

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vacant succession

Vacant succession refers to when no heirs to an estate can be found or those that are known predeceased the testator or rescinded their inheritance. Vacant succession typically refers to property being distributed under a will, not as an...


In civil and criminal procedure: To set aside or annul a previous judgment or order. In property law: To surrender or leave the premises.

See, e.g. Sears v. Upton, 130 S.Ct. 3259 (2010) (a judgment) and Thorpe v. Housing...


Latin for "it is vacated." A rule or order that sets aside a judgment or annuls a proceeding.

See, e.g. Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms, 130 S.Ct. 2743 (2010).

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