NOTARY PUBLIC. n. A person with the authority to perform a limited range of legal functions such as administering oaths, witnessing signatures, drawing up contracts or deeds, taking depositions, etc.

– The Essential Law Dictionary 1st Edition | PAGE 339


PEREMPTORY NORM. n. – A principle of international law that is so important and so widely accepted that no state is permitted to deviate from it, such as the prohibitions on genocide, slavery, or piracy.

– The Essential Law Dictionary 1st Edition | PAGE 367


COPYRIGHT – n. the legal right to publish, perform, or display a work of literature, art, music, drama, recording, or film, protected both by common law and by statute, including the copyright act of 1976. see also infringe.

– The Essential Law Dictionary 1st Edition | PAGE 105


PLAGIARIZE v. – To copy someone else’s words or ideas and pass them off as one’s own. N. plagiarism. See also copyright.

– The Essential Law Dictionary 1st Edition | PAGE 372


ESTATE n. 1. (in land law) The character and duration of a person’s ownership of land. For example, an estate in fee simple confers effectively absolute ownership; an estate for a term of years (called leasehold) or for life are lesser estates. Under the Law of Property Act 1925 only a *fee simple absolute in possession (called freehold) and a *term of years absolute can exist as legal estates in land. All other forms of ownership, e.g. an estate for life or an estate in fee simple coming into effect only on someone’s death, are equitable only.

2. (in revenue law) The aggregate of all the property to which a person is beneficially entitled. Excluded property, which includes most reversionary interests and certain foreign matters, is not taken into account for the death charge (see INHERITANCE TAX).

– Oxford Dictionary of Law 5th Edition | PAGE 180


INSTRUMENT OF SAISINE – An instrument in Scotland by which the delivery of “saisine” ( i. e., seisin, or the feudal possession of land) is attested. It is subscribed by a notary, in the presence of witnesses, and is executed in pursuance of a “precept of saisine,” whereby the “grantor of the deed” desires “any notary public to whom these presents may be presented” to give saisine to the intended grantee or grantees. It must be entered and recorded in the registers of saisines.
Mozley & Whiteley.

– Black’s Law Dictionary 4th Edition | PAGE 942