Legal Jargon Buster by Best Solicitors:
We know the law can sometimes be confusing. All the legal jargon that’s thrown about can leave you in a spin, so we’ve added these helpful definitions to a legal jargon buster so that you know exactly where you stand.
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A person appointed by the court to take care of the estate if a Will has not been made by the deceased.
Someone who acts on behalf of someone else in a legal capacity.
Anything you own of value including property and land, investments, cash, and items such as paintings, antiques or valuable jewellery.
A person or persons appointed under a Power of Attorney with authority to carry out certain actions on your behalf.
A lawyer regulated by the Bar Standards Board, often specialising in court room representation.
A person or institution (a charity, for example) who is due to receive assets under a Will, Trust or intestacy.
A term used to describe a barrister.
A person or organisation to whom money is owed.
A person or corporate body that owes money to another.
Any assets owned by you (including your share of joint assets) or the value of anything held in trust that you are a beneficiary of.
The person(s) named in a Will to administer your estate after your death.
The fee agreed with a solicitor for a service based on agreed terms and conditions at the point of signing a contract.
Compensation for or protection against the loss or damages that might be incurred by one within a contract.
A legal agreement for property owned by two or more people.
A gift included in a Will that is either a fixed sum of money or a specific item or asset.
The term used to describe that type of beneficiary.
Legal aid can help meet the costs of legal advice should you meet certain criteria.
You’ll usually need to show that:
- the problem is serious
- you can’t afford to pay for legal costs
You could for example get legal aid if:
- you or your family are at risk of abuse or serious harm, eg domestic violence or forced marriage
- you’re at risk of homelessness or losing your home
- you’ve been accused of a crime, face prison or detention
- you’re being discriminated against
- you need family mediation
- you’re adding legal arguments or bringing a case under the Human Rights Act
You may have to pay some money towards the legal costs of your case or pay costs back later.
Your legal adviser will usually apply for legal aid on your behalf.
Can mean something that is a hindrance or puts an individual or group at a disadvantage, or it can be something a person is responsible for
A broad term sometimes used to describe someone who supports lawyers in their work.
The legal process by which the estate of a deceased person is administered according to theterms of their will or the intestacy laws.
A lawyer who has been admitted as a solicitor by the SRA and whose name appears on the roll of solicitors.
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