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Family law

Those areas of the law pertaining to families, i.e., marriage, divorce, child custody, juvenile, paternity, etc.

Federal Bureau of (FBI)

A federal agency which investigates all violations of federal Investigation laws.

Felony

A serious criminal offense. Under federal law any offense punishable by death or imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

Fiduciary

A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

File

To place a paper in the official custody of the clerk of court/court administrator to enter into the files or records of a case.

Filing Fee

The fee required for filing various documents.

Finding

Formal conclusion by a judge or regulatory agency on issues of fact. Also, a conclusion by a jury regarding a fact.

Foreclosure

A court proceeding upon default in a mortgage to vest title in the mortgagee.

Forfeiture

A cancellation. A legal action whereby a contract purchaser following default loses all his interest in the property.

Fraud

A false representation of a matter of fact which is intended to deceive another.