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wills: attestation requirement

The attestation requirement for a will demands that wills must be executed in front of a specific number and type of witness in order to be valid. The witness must acknowledge the will and that the testator was of sound mind and health upon...

wills: signature requirement

The signature requirement for wills states that a will must be signed and dated by the testator in the presence of two or more witnesses. Furthermore the required witnesses must sign the will or a subsequent document depending on the state in...

wills: writing requirement

The writing requirement for wills demands that a will be in writing, or in physical form, in order to be valid. The writing requirement is typically met as long as the will is written in some more or less permanent medium such as typed or...

winding up

Winding up refers to the ending of operations of a business by settling debts, the liquidation of assets, and distributing the remaining proceeds to the shareholders of the partnership or corporation. Winding up occurs just before the...

winding up a corporation

The process of dissolving a corporation or settling the affairs of a dissolved corporation. Winding up a corporation generally takes place when a corporation decides to end a business or declares bankruptcy. Winding up involves the settling...

WIPO Copyright and Performances and Phonograms Treaties Implementation Act

Title I of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the “WIPO Copyright and Performances and Phonograms Treaties Implementation Act of 1998” added Chapter 12, Copyright Protection and Management Systems, to the Copyright Act.

At the time of the DMCA...

wire fraud

Wire fraud is a criminal offense that involves the use of electronic communications, such as telecommunications or the internet, to intentionally deceive and defraud someone of money, property, or honest services. This crime is prosecuted...

wiretap

One of several possible means to acquire the contents of a communication by means of an electronic device.

wiretapping

Wiretapping is the act of recording communications between parties, often without their consent. While wiretaps can be a powerful tool for authorities conducting criminal investigations, they are also legally at odds with the right to privacy...

with prejudice

When a court dismisses an action, they can either do so “with prejudice” or “without prejudice.” Dismissal with prejudice means that the plaintiff cannot refile the same claim again in that court.

The reason that dismissal...

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