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The 5 Most Misspelled Legal Terms

By Nerissa Sardi on April 24, 2009 1:37 PM

FindLaw's five most searched terms that are misspelled are:

  1. Statute of Limitations
  2. Bankruptcy
  3. Mortgage
  4. Libel
  5. Foreclosure


1. Statute of Limitations
common misspelling: Statue of Limitations
Definition: A criminal law establishing the period of time within which an offense can be punished after it has occurred.

2. Bankruptcy
common misspellings:Bankrupcy, Banruptcy, Bankrupty, Bankrupsy
Definition: A federal court process designed to help consumers and businesses eliminate their debts or repay them under the protection of the bankruptcy court. Bankruptcies can generally be described as "liquidations" or "reorganizations."

3. Mortgage
common misspelling: Morgage 
Definition: The transfer of an interest in land as security for a loan, between the mortgagor (the borrower) and the mortgagee (the lender). There are several different types of mortgages available.

4. Libel
common misspelling: Lible 
Definition: to make or publish a libel against: to hurt the reputation in written or printed form. Related terms: defamation, slander.

5. Foreclosure
common misspelling: Forclosure 
Definition: The legal right of a mortgage holder or other third-party lien holder to gain ownership of the property and/or the right to sell the property and use the proceeds to pay off the mortgage if the mortgage is in default.


Try these links for more information about these or other legal terms:
FindLaw's Legal Dictionary
Statute of Limitations:
Time Limits for Bringing a Case
State-by-State Statutes of Limitations
Bankruptcy & Debt
Mortgage, Foreclosure & Real Estate
Defamation, Libel and Slander

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