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To demand or assert as a right. Facts that combine to give rise to a legally enforceable right or judicial action. Demand for relief.

A claim is something that one party owes another. Someone may make a legal claim for money, or property, or for Social Security benefits.

A claim also means an interest in, as in a possessory claim, or right to possession, or a claim of title to land.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


1) v. to make a demand for money, for property, or for enforcement of a right provided by law. 2) n. the making of a demand (assert a claim) for money due, for property, for damages or for enforcement of a right. If such a demand is not honored, it may result in a lawsuit. In order to enforce a right against a government agency (ranging for damages from a negligent bus driver to a shortage in payroll) a claim must be filed first. If rejected or ignored by the government, it is lawsuit time.

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1 a document under seal, issued in the name of the Crown or a court, commanding the person to whom it is addressed to do or refrain from doing some specified act.
2 a sum of money demanded.
3 a request for an order from a court.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

CLAIM. A claim is a challenge of the ownership of a thing which a man has not in possession, and is wrongfully withheld by another. Plowd. 359; Wee i Dall.444; 12 S. & R. 179.
     2. In Pennsylvania, the entry on of the demand of a mechanic or materialman for work done or material furnished in the erection of a building, in those counties to which the lien laws extend, is called a claim.
     3. A continual c1aim is a claim made in a particular way, to preserve the' rights of a feoffee. See Continual claim.
     4. Claim of conusance is defined to be an intervention by a third person, demanding jurisdiction of a cause against a plaintiff, who has chosen to commence his action out of the claimant's court. 2 Wils. 409; 1 Cit. Pb. 403; Vin. Ab. Conusance; Com. Dig. Courts, P; Bac. Ab. Courts, D 3; 3 Bl. Com. 298.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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While a contractor will not be faulted for a simple math error or innocent mistake, intentional ignorance or reckless disregard for the accuracy of claimed amounts can lead to charges of fraud.
A refund claim is required to set forth in detail each ground upon which a credit or a refund is claimed and to include facts sufficient to apprise the IRS of the exact basis thereof.
Peter Atkinson Conservative, (Former) Hexham MP Total claim: pounds 13,823.97 Additonal Costs Allowance (ACA) for second home/hotel costs: pounds 8,702.72 Office claim: pounds 6,821.85 Mr Atkinson, who stepped down at the general election, claimed just pounds 187.02 a month for his mortgage interest bill, but pounds 2,100 for subsistence, which covers food costs.
CLAIMS made by North East MPs between July and December last year (including those that have since resigned or lost their seats) PETER ATKINSON (Former) Conservative Hexham MP Total claim: pounds 13,823.97 Second home/hotel costs: pounds 8,702.72 Office claim: pounds 6,821.85 Peter Atkinson, who stepped down at the general election, claimed just pounds 187.02 for his mortgage interest bill a month, but pounds 2,100 for subsistence - which covers food costs.
Generally, the claimant will need to establish ownership, loss or damage, and the value of the property claimed. (101) For shipment claims, ownership is generally established by the inventory (102) and loss or damage is established by the DD Form 1840 and DD Form 1840R.
Through geotechnology and telematics, an adjuster can see through recorded time stamps that the claimant was not involved in a particular pileup as claimed. While good in theory, this is likely not practical today due to privacy issues.
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The same acre might belong to one man who had received it as part of a vast land grant from the British Crown, to another who claimed to have bought it from an Indian tribe, and to a third who had accepted it in place of salary from a state legislature--and none of the three might ever have actually laid eyes on it.
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