Results Driven - Client Focused Results driven law firm founded on the principles of honesty and integrity. 

Damages

dam·ag·es

/ˈdamijes/

noun

If the plaintiff wins a civil case, the defendant must pay a sum of money. These damages can be punitive (punishment/prevent future poor conduct) or compensatory (for injury/loss).

The defendant had to pay $100,000 in punitive damages according to the judge.

Synonyms: compensation, recompense, restitution, redress, reparation(s); indemnification, indemnity

De Facto

de fac·to

/ˈdi ˈfaktō,dā/

adverb

A Latin term meaning ‘actually’ or ‘in fact’. This is something which is a fact but not a matter of law.

De Facto, the defendant was at her mother’s house when the crime was committed.

Synonyms: in practice, in effect, in fact, in reality, really, actually

De Jure

de ju·re

/di ˈjo͝orē,dā ˈjo͝orā/

adverb

A Latin term; means ‘in law’. This is something which is a matter of law.

It was on the de jure recognition of Italy’s conquest of Abyssinia that Cranborne urged Eden to make his stand.

Synonyms: by right, rightfully, legally, according to the law; rightful, legal

De Novo

De No·vo

/dā ˈnōvō,di/

adverb

A Latin term which means ‘anew’. For example, a new trial is called a ‘trial de novo’.

In a pure meritocracy, everyone must begin de novo.

Synonyms:afresh, anew

Defendant

de·fend·ant

/diˈfendənt/

noun

The person/business whom the lawsuit is filed against.

The defendant had to pay $100,000 in punitive damages according to the judge.

Synonyms: accused, appellant, litigant, respondent; suspect

Deposition

dep·o·si·tion

/ˌdepəˈziSHən/

noun

This is an oral statement one makes before an officer of law who is authorized to administer oaths. A deposition is made to obtain evidence disclosure pre-trial or to examine possible witnesses.

At the deposition, the lawyer asked questions for several hours to get the information he needed.

Synonyms: statement, affidavit, attestation, affirmation, assertion; allegation, declaration; testimony, evidence;

Dismissal With Prejudice

dis·miss·al with prej·u·dice

/disˈmisəl/wiTH/ˈprejədəs/

noun

This is a court action which means an identical lawsuit cannot be filed in the future.

The judge decided to grant a dismissal with prejudice, so that the suit could not be filed again in the future.

Dismissal Without Prejudice

dis·miss·al with·out prej·u·dice

/disˈmisəl/wiTHout/ˈprejədəs/

noun

A court action which allows the same lawsuit to be filed at a future date.

The suit may come up again because the judge issued a dismissal without prejudice.

* These terms are general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Different states may define terms differently. These terms are not designed to be legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Always seek advice from an attorney licensed in your state who is familiar with how your jurisdiction defines key legal terms that are important in your particular matter.

Testimonials

I couldn't have made it through the most difficult time in my families' lives if it weren't for the support I received from Brian Petersen and Josh Edwards.

-Michelle (Former Client)

Above Your Expectations

What Makes Edwards & Petersen Your Best Choice
  • Available 24/7

    We know that when you need legal help it is a scary time in your life. That is why at Edwards & Petersen | PLC we'll be with you day and night to help you every step of the way.

  • A Team Effort

    When you hire Edwards & Petersen | PLC, you're getting the whole team. Working as a team helps us to be able to come up with creative solutions to get our clients the best outcome.

  • Not A Case Number

    You are not simply a file number to Edwards & Petersen | PLC. We treat and fight for our clients like they are family.

Backed By More Than Our Clients