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English definition of “legal charge”

legal charge

noun     LAW
[C] FINANCE, PROPERTY the right that an organization that lends money has to take someone's property if that person does not pay back the money they borrowed to buy the property : legal charge on sth A mortgage is a loan secured by a legal charge on the home .
[C] FINANCE money that is paid to lawyers , courts of law , etc. for their work : Legal charges for the 16-month court battle are expected to total approximately £170m.
[usually plural] a legal statement that someone has done something illegal : Directors of the bank now face a variety of legal charges .
(Definition of legal charge noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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