MoneyU Glossary of Terms

MoneyU Glossary of Terms

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Late Payment

Most charge and credit card bills list the date payments are due. If you miss the due date, the account is considered past due and you may be charged a late fee. Late payments are sometimes reflected on your credit report. If you have numerous late payments, it may be difficult to get additional credit.

Late Payment Fee

A fee charged for failing to submit the minimum payment by its due date.

Legal Judgment

A court verdict that requires a person to do something, such as pay a debt.

Legal Residence

Same as domicile.

Letter Of Administration

The formal document issued by a probate court to an administrator, giving the administrator the power to carry out his or her duties, such as taking control of the decedent's property.

Letters Of Testamentary

The formal document issued by a probate court to an executor, giving the executor the power to carry out his or her duties, such as taking control of the decedent's property.


Liability refers to the responsibility for charges to an account. Generally, a cardholder agrees to be liable for any charges to his or her account, including purchases, fees, and finance charges. If the cardholder allows someone else to make charges to his or her account (through, for example, an additional card), the cardholder is still responsible for paying the bill. Two people who apply for a card together may both be responsible for the entire balance. Your liability is described in the cardholder agreement you receive from the issuer. Be sure to read it carefully.

Liability Insurance

Protects the insured party from othersÔÇÖ claims of loss due to the insuredÔÇÖs alleged or actual negligence or improper actions.

Life Insurance

A contract whereby the insured pays premiums, and when the insured dies, an agreed-upon sum of money is paid to a beneficiary.


The way people choose to live their lives, based on values they have chosen.


To convert an asset into ready cash.


How quickly you can turn your investment into ready cash.

Living Trust

A trust that is established while the grantor is still alive. Compare to testamentary trust.


An amount of money given to somebody on the condition that it will be paid back later.

Loan Origination Fee

A fee charged by the lender for processing the loan; often expressed as a percentage of the loan amount.


A written agreement guaranteeing a home buyer a specific interest rate on a home loan, provided that the loan is closed within a certain period of time, such as 60 or 90 days. Often the agreement also specifies the number of points to be paid at closing.

Long-term care Insurance

Covers specific costs of custodial care in a nursing facility or at home.

Luxury Tax

A luxury tax is placed on "luxury items" that aren't considered essential for living. These include high-priced items like jewelry or expensive cars. So bread and milk at your grocery stores won't be taxed because they're considered "essentials".

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