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Police reports are treated as "Business Records" and are therefore not excluded by the hearsay rule, regardless of the availability of the declarant. Federal Rules of Evidence, Rule 803: Exceptions to the Rule Against Hearsay Business Records Exception The following are not excluded by the hearsay rule, even though the declarant is available as a ...


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Does the party have any legal leverage to engage the police (or other competent authorities apart from private investigators) to help locate the witness and serve the summons on them? Not really. Legal process is not infrequently served by a sheriff's deputy. But the deputy will not generally take any initiative to locate a person to be served beyond what ...


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It depends There are two possibilities when company A acquires company B: Company B continues its existence with a new owner. In that case the state is in exactly the same position as it was before the acquisition. Company B ceases to exist and it’s assets, including the contract with the state, become the property of Company A. Both contracts still exist ...


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I've never seen that principle invoked in U.S. law. There are tax reasons not to make zero interest loans to related parties (unpaid interest at a low market rate is deemed income to the lender for income tax purposes, followed by a gift from the lender to the borrower for gift tax purposes), but no substantive contact law ones in U.S. jurisprudence. ...


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This is not forgery in the usual common law country sense of the word (the statute linked has a definition broader than the usual legal meaning of the term, and I don't have an opinion on what is fraud in a will under that statute). I've never seen the word "forgery" used in the sense of the question in any U.S. case or statute. The first example (...


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A lawyer for either party can claim, during argument, that an adverse witness is not credible, for any reason or none. Often the lawyer will point to matters disclosed during cross-examination, claiming that they are contradictions, show bias, or otherwise indicate lack of credibility. Or the lawyer could point to elements of the primary testimony which the ...


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Rules of service vary greatly between and even within jurisdictions For example, in new-south-wales both the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules and Criminal Procedure Act require service of subpoenas in person. However, the Local Court Rules also allow service by post, fax or email as well as leaving it with a person over the age of 16 at the witness’ address. In ...


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law-in-fiction I can't improve on the answer by ohwilleke for actual cases, but this kind of thing has been dealt with a number of times in fiction, where forged or invalid wills are rather more common than in real life. Some of these offer interesting fact patterns for invalid wills. (Caution, spoilers for som rather old mystery stories) Where there's a ...


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