Concise Oxford English Dictionary by Catherine Soanes, Angus Stevenson

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A right to enjoy real or PERSONAL PROPERTY held by a person who has equitable title to it while legal title is held by another. Beneficiary: An organization or a person for whom a trust is created and who thereby receives the benefits of the trust. One who inherits under a will. A person entitled to a beneficial interest or a right to profits, benefit, or advantage from a contract. Benefit of clergy: In old England, the privilege of clergy that allowed them to avoid trial by all courts of the civil government.

Bill of Rights: A declaration of individual rights and freedoms, usually issued by a national government. A list of fundamental rights included in each state constitution. S. Constitution, ratified in 1791, which set forth and guarantee certain fundamental rights and privileges of individuals, including freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly; guarantee of a speedy jury trial in criminal cases; and protection against excessive bail and CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT. Bill of sale: In the law of contracts, a written agreement, previously required to be under seal, by which one person transfers to another a right to, or interest in, PERSONAL PROPERTY and goods, a legal instrument that conveys title in property from seller to purchaser.

Binding authority: Source of law that a judge must evaluate when making a decision in a case. For example, statutes from the same state where a case is being brought, or higher court decisions, are binding authority for a judge. Binding over: The requirement imposed by a court or a magistrate upon a person to enter into a recognizance or to post bail to ensure that he or she will appear for trial. The transfer of a case from a lower court to a higher court or to a GRAND JURY after PROBABLE CAUSE to believe that the defendant committed the crime has been established.

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