Personal Property: Any movable or intangible thing that is subject to ownership and not classified as real property. (Compare real property)
Petition: A formal written request given to the court asking for a specific judicial action.
Petitioner: A person who presents a petition to the court. In a family law case, this is the person who starts the case by filing the first court papers.
Pleading: A written statement filed with the court that describes a party's legal or factual claims about the case and what the party wants from the court.
Prayer (for relief): A request contained in a complaint or petition to the court that states what the person wants. For example, the person may ask to court to order the other side to pay him or her a specific amount of money, or to order the other side to stop a certain activity, or both.
Pre: A prefix meaning "in front of" or "before," as in "pretrial" hearing.
Probate court: The department of each county's superior court that deals with probate conservatorships, guardianships, and the estates of people that have died. The purpose of guardianships in the probate court is to protect the rights of the minor child's person or estate.
Probate examiner: Someone at the court who can make sure that forms are filled out correctly.
Promissory Note: A written document that says that a person promises to pay money to another.