Glossary beginning with D

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Debtor

A person who owes money to someone else

Decedant

Someone who has died

Deed

A document that transfers ownership of property

Deed in lieu of foreclosure

When a homeowner gives their home back to the bank to avoid foreclosure

Defamation

A false statement that harms a person's reputation

Default judgment

When a person loses a case because they don’t file an appearance or show up in court

Defendant

The person or organization being sued in a lawsuit

Deny

To refuse or say no

Dependent

A person who relies on another for support, such as a child or disabled adult

Deposition

An oral statement made under oath

Dissolution of marriage

Divorce

Docket

A list of everything that happens in a civil case

Domestic abuse

Abuse by one household or family member against another household or family member

Duty

A legal obligation to do something