Dictionary of Legal Terms

Malicious Prosecution
A cause of action based on the defendant's having the plaintiff p...

Malpractice
A tort arising from the failure of a professional person, such as...

Mandamus
An extraordinary writ used to compel a public official to do his ...

Mandatory Reporters
Those who are bound by Ohio law to immediately report known or su...

Manslaughter
The unlawful killing of another, short of murder. Ohio law recogn...

Marketable Title
Title to a parcel or piece of real property that is sufficiently ...

Marshaling of Liens
Part of a foreclosure action. The process of locating all potenti...

Materialman's Lien
See mechanic's lien....

Mayors' Court(s)
In Ohio, a lower trial court in which the mayor of a city or vill...

Mechanic's Lien
In Ohio, a statutory lien imposed on real property to secure paym...

Mediation
The attempt to settle a legal dispute through the active particip...

Mens Rea
Literally, guilty mind. Generally, no crime occurs unless a guilt...

Minor
For most purposes in Ohio, anyone under age 18. Minor is synonymo...

Miranda Warnings
The requirement, called the Miranda rule, set by the U.S. Supreme...

Misdemeanor
A crime that generally carries a local jail term of six months or...

Mistrial
The suspension of a trial by the court (the judge) because of som...

Mixed Property
In the law of property, fixtures such as crops and minerals havin...

Mixed-Use Commercial Project
A development that is designed to mix two or more uses of land (f...

Mortgage
1) A transaction in which a debtor grants a creditor a lien (call...

Motion
1) A written request asking the court to take some action (for ex...

Municipal Court
In Ohio, a lower trial court with jurisdiction in a variety of mi...

Murder
The unlawful, purposeful killing of a person. The most serious fo...

Mutuality of Obligation
In contract law, an element needed to establish consideration in ...

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