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Family Law - Those areas of the law pertaining to families, i.e. marriage, divorce, child custody, paternity, etc.

Felony - A serious criminal offense.

Fiduciary - A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

File - To place a paper in the official custody of the clerk of court to enter into the files or records of a case.

Filing Fee - The fee required for filing various documents.

Finding - Formal conclusion by a judge or regulatory agency on issues of fact.  Also, a conclusion by a jury regarding a fact.

First Appearance - The defendant comes before a judge within hours of the arrest to determine whether or not there is probable cause for his/her arrest.  Also called “Initial  Appearance.”

Foreclosure - A court proceeding upon default in a mortgage to vest title in the mortgage.

Forfeiture - A cancellation.  A legal action whereby a contract purchaser following default loses all his/her interests in the property involved.

Fraud - A false representation of a matter of fact which is intended to deceive another.