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Maryland Legal Ages Laws

More Information on Minors and the Law

Age of Majority18 (Art. 1, §24)
Eligibility for EmancipationMarried minor may buy or sell property and to join in deed, mortgage, lease, notes if spouse is of age (Est. & Tr. Art. 13 §503(a)); age 15 re insurance and cannot repudiate on basis of minority (Est. & Tr. Art. 13 §503(c)); or if in military, can enter into real estate transactions (Est. & Tr. Art. 13 §503 (b))
Contracts by MinorsIf not beneficial to minor, void ab initio, not ratifiable; if beneficial to minor or uncertain as to benefit or prejudice, voidable by infant, may be ratified at age 18; ratification may be express or through acceptance of benefits; voidable contract may be disaffirmed by minor during minority or reasonable time after age 18 (COML Art. 1 §103)
Minors' Ability to SueBy guardian, next friend, or parent (R.P. 2-202(b))
Minors' Consent to Medical TreatmentIf married or a parent or seeking help with drug use, alcoholism, VD, sexual assault, pregnancy, contraception, or if seeking consent would be life threatening (Health Gen. Art. 20 §102); minor 16 or older can consent to treatment for emotional disorder (Health Gen. Art. 20 §104)

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