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What is a common-law marriage?

June 2, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Legal

A common-law marriage is a marriage by mutual consent alone, without license or ceremony of any kind, either ecclesiastical or civil. Unions of this kind are said to be consensual, that is, existing merely by virtue of consent or acquiescence. Common-law marriages, without either license or ceremony, are validated by the courts in most jurisdictions if proper proof is …

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How did “bylaw” originate?

April 30, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Legal

By in bylaw is believed to be derived from the Old Danish word by or bye, meaning “town” or “dwelling place,” which still survives in numerous English place names, such as Whitby, Grimsby, Derby, Rugby, Appleby and Netherby, all of which were named by the Danes. In Lincolnshire, one of the chief seats of the …

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What is meant by pleading the baby act?

March 16, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Legal

According to law, a person not of age cannot be bound by contract. If a minor makes a contract and does not abide by the agreement he may plead his minority as a defense in court. The popular phrase pleading the baby act originally referred to this law protecting minors. It meant merely pleading legal …

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What is the meaning of “and/or”?

January 8, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language, Legal, Literature

And/or is a device frequently found in legal and commercial documents and means “either both or only one” and indicates that the idea expressed is both distributive and inclusive. “John Brown and/or Paul Jones” signifies the same as “John Brown and Paul Jones or either of them”; that is, they are responsible individually as well …

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What does it mean “to turn state’s evidence?”

December 4, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Legal

In American legal language evidence for the government, people or state in criminal prosecutions is called state’s evidence. In English law evidence for the Crown is called King’s (or Queen’s) evidence. These terms are applied more particularly to evidence voluntarily given by an accessory in a crime who confesses his part and who testifies against …

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