Are You Laymanizing Legal Terms?

When used in legal documents, certain words have specific legal meanings that are frequently very specific. These words may also be used in common conversation to have slightly different or less narrowly defined meanings. A legal dictionary or contemporary state statute should help to clarify the definition.

A legal infant is typically someone under the age of majority. That’s not what is meant when your relative says their granddaughter is still an infant.

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3 thoughts on “Are You Laymanizing Legal Terms?

  1. Beverly Kirby

    Is age of majority State mandate? Sometime, somewhere I thought I’d learned a ”
    legal” infant was up to 7 yrs of age.

    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      Age of majority is usually codified in state statute and “infant” is often used as a reference to someone not of the age of majority. Sometimes minor heirs of a deceased can choose their own guardian (subject to court approval) at the age of 14.


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