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This legal glossary is a basic guide to common legal terms. A lawyer is in the best position to advise you about your legal rights and responsibilities.

Different terms may have different meanings based on the specific area of law or the context in which they are being used. For legal terms not referred to in this glossary, or for more comprehensive definitions, you may wish to refer to a legal dictionary or to an internet resource.

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Neglect
In child protection cases, the failure by a parent or other caregiver to provide for a child's basic physical, emotional or developmental needs or to protect a child from harm or potential harm.
Negligence
The failure to take reasonable care to prevent foreseeable harm to others.
Net Family Property
In family law cases, the value of all property that a married spouse owns on a specified date, known as the valuation date, less (a) the spouse's debts on the valuation date, (b) the value of property other than a matrimonial home owned by the spouse at the date of marriage, less any debts owing at that time, and (c) any excluded property.
No Contact Order
An order forbidding a person from contacting named person(s).
Nominal Damages
(see Damages)
Non-Pecuniary Damages
(see Damages)
Notary / Notary Public
A person with legal authority to prepare and verify specific legal documents. A notary need not be a lawyer, and not all lawyers are notaries.
Notice
Legal notification of something (e.g., a Notice of Appeal).
Notice of Garnishment
A court order requiring garnishment of a debt owing by a third party to a judgment creditor or recipient.