Purpose of Legal Documents This assignment is to correctly identify and briefly explain the following types of legal documents and their purpose(s) in their respective case(s). Document Example #1: Memorandum of Law – This document relates to the case of Jackson v. Centerville Diner. The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the facts of the case, the issue(s) at hand, a summary of the case and the relevant laws and their potential application to the case.
The conclusion of the document wraps up the findings of the case and how the law can be used to defend or to object to specific facts in the case. This memorandum, and other memoranda about questions of law as applied to the facts of a case, will be used in preparation and presentation of the case in court. In the case of Jackson v. Centerville Diner, the writer recommends an objection to a discovery request based on law which protects a party from discovery which could otherwise be a burden or expense to that party.
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Document Example #2: Police Report – This document will be used in putting together the facts of the case at hand and also the laws which were violated by a member of the Hall family, in particular, one member (the step-son) being attacked with a bat by his step-father, Robert Hall. A copy of this police report was also sent by the police to the local District Attorney’s office, charging Mr. Hall with assault with a deadly weapon. The police report provides evidence that the incident occurred, and details of the incident, including who was involved, where the incident took place, and at what time.
It also includes mention of laws involved, and any additional evidence (weapons, statements) for use in hearing and prosecuting (if found guilty) the case. Document Example #3: Complaint – The Complaint is the first step in starting a legal action; typically filed by the “victim” in a legal situation. The Complaint lists and provides relevant details regarding allegations made by “injured” party(ies) in an action against a defendant or defendants. This Complaint is between Plaintiffs Thomas Dorr and Linda Hopkins and Defendants Peter Edwards and Tri-State Freight Lines, Inc.
The Plaintiffs are seeking damages against the Defendants for financial losses and expenses related to an accident where the Defendants’ vehicle allegedly struck the rear of the Plaintiffs’ vehicle, causing damage to the vehicle(s) and injury(ies) to the Plaintiffs. Document Example #4: Answer – The Answer is the legal response to the Complaint. This Answer is in the same case above, Dorr and Hopkins vs. Edwards and Tri-State Freight Lines, Inc. The Answer responds to each of the allegations in the original Complaint, and provides defenses, where possible, to the allegations.
In this case, the Defendant claims that the Plaintiff backed their vehicle into the Defendant’s vehicle, thus claiming the Plaintiff caused the accident, making them responsible for the damages and injuries, and not the Defendants. Document Example #5: Landlord/Tenant Lease – Paraphrased, according to the Encarta World English Dictionary website, a Lease is “a legal contract allowing someone to have exclusive possession of someone else’s property for a given period of time in return for payment or other consideration. ” Lease is also defined, “To grant the possession and use of (land, buildings, rooms, movable property, etc. to another in return for rent or other consideration. ” (Black’s Law Dictionary, Seventh Edition, Page 900. ) Document Example #6: Client Letter – This is a copy of a letter sent to Mr. Client by his attorney, Mr. Public, letting him know that his case against Worldwide Insurance has been set for hearing on a particular date and time, and providing the location of the courtroom where the case will be heard. Mr. Client is directed to attend his court date by Mr. Public, his attorney. In part, client letters like this one are used to keep clients informed, to question, or to direct them to action, whenever needed in their case.