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Glossary


Family allowance
A small amount of money set aside from the estate of the deceased. Its purpose is to provide for the surviving family members during the administration of the estate.
Felony
A crime more serious than a misdemeanor, carrying a penalty of possible incarceration in a state prison facility.
Fiduciary
A person having a legal relationship of trust and confidence to another and having a duty to act primarily for the other’s benefit: i.e., a guardian, trustee or executor.
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.
Filed in open court
Court documents entered into the file in court.
Finding
Formal conclusion by a judge or regulatory agency on issues of fact. Also, a conclusion by a jury regarding a fact.
First appearance
The initial appearance of an arrested person before a judge to determine whether or not there is probable cause for his/her arrest. Generally, the person comes before a judge within hours of the arrest. Also called initial appearance.
Fraud
Intentional deception to deprive another person of property or to injure that person in some way.
Fugitive
A person who flees from one state to another to avoid prosecution.