Sections
Article 1 Farm Services Lien 33-901 – 33-909
Article 3 Health Care Provider Liens 33-931 – 33-936
Article 4 Innkeeper’s Lien 33-951 – 33-952
Article 5 Judgment Liens on Real Property 33-961 – 33-968
Article 6 Mechanics’ and Materialmen’s Liens 33-981 – 33-1008
Article 7 Personal Property Liens 33-1021 – 33-1023
Article 8 Uniform Federal Lien Registration Act 33-1031 – 33-1035
Article 9 Stop Notices 33-1051 – 33-1067
Article 10 Commercial Real Estate Broker Liens 33-1071 – 33-1076

Terms Used In Arizona Laws > Title 33 > Chapter 7

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Bonded stop notice: means a stop notice that is given to any construction lender and that is accompanied by a bond executed solely by one or more surety companies authorized to transact surety business in this state pursuant to title 20, chapter 2, article 1 in an amount equal to one hundred fifty per cent of the amount of the claim on the condition that if the owner, original contractor or construction lender recovers judgment in an action brought on a verified claim or on the lien filed by the claimant, the claimant would have sufficient monies to pay all costs and damages that the owner, original contractor or construction lender may sustain by reason of the stop notice claim or the lien, not exceeding the amount specified in the bond. See Arizona Laws 33-1051
  • Construction lender: means any mortgagee or beneficiary under a deed of trust lending funds all or a portion of which defray the cost of the construction, alteration, repair or improvement or any assignee or successor in interest of either, or any escrow holder or other party holding any monies furnished or to be furnished by the owner or any other person as a source from which to pay construction costs. See Arizona Laws 33-1051
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Month: means a calendar month unless otherwise expressed. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Mortgagee: The person to whom property is mortgaged and who has loaned the money.
  • Oath: includes an affirmation or declaration. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Original contractor: means any contractor who has a direct contractual relationship with the owner. See Arizona Laws 33-1051
  • Person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Petty offense: A federal misdemeanor punishable by six months or less in prison. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • Process: means a citation, writ or summons issued in the course of judicial proceedings. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • professional services: means architectural practice, engineering practice or land surveying practice as defined in section 32-101. See Arizona Laws 33-1007
  • Registered mail: includes certified mail. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Stop notice: means a written notice that is signed and verified by the claimant or its agent and that states in general terms all of the following:

    (a) A description of the labor, professional services, materials, machinery, fixtures or tools furnished or agreed to be furnished by the claimant. See Arizona Laws 33-1051

  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Wilfully: means , with respect to conduct or to a circumstance described by a statute defining an offense, that a person is aware or believes that the person's conduct is of that nature or that the circumstance exists. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Writ: means an order or precept in writing issued in the name of the state or by a court or judicial officer. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Writing: includes printing. See Arizona Laws 1-215