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Glossary for the Texas Civil Courts Guide


Glossary for the Texas Civil Courts Guide

Administrative Law - the procedures created by administrative agencies (governmental bodies of the city, county, state or federal government) involving rules, regulations, applications, licenses, permits, available information, hearings, appeals and decision making

Civil Case - noncriminal litigation brought to protect or preserve a civil or private right or matter

Family - 1) husband, wife and children 2) all blood relations

Injury - any harm done to a person by the acts or omissions of another. Injury may include physical hurt as well as damage to reputation or dignity, loss of legal right or breach of contract

Probate - Probate is the process that transfers legal title of property from the estate of a person who has died.

Property - anything that is owned by a person or entity. Property is divided into two types: "real property" which is any interest in land, real estate, growing plants or the improvements on it, and "personal property" which is everything else. "Common porperty" is ownership by more than one person of the same possesion. "Community property" is a form of joint ownership between husband and wife recognized in several states. "Separate property" is property owned by one spouse only in a community property state, or married woman's sole ownership in some states. "Public property" refer to ownership by a governmental body such as the federal, state, county or city governments or their agencies.

Venue - a venue is the place where a trial takes place because that place generally has some connection to the events that led to the lawsuit in the first place.

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