Glossary beginning with N

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The process of becoming a citizen in a country where a person was not born a citizen


When a person acts with less care or caution than a regular person would have in the same situation


When someone is not careful in protecting the rights and property of others

Net Income

Income after tax has been taken out

Nominal damages

A very small amount of money awarded when a court finds in favor of one party but finds that no real harm was done

Non-wage garnishment

Taking a defendant's money that is in the hands of other parties, like a bank

Noncustodial parent

The parent that does not have primary care or control of a child

Notary public

A person who certifies that another person signed a document. A notary is not an attorney

Notice of motion

A document that gives notice to the court and the other party that someone has filed a motion, and where and when that motion will be heard