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Pennsylvania Legal Ages Laws

Most states have different age limits for different types of legal transactions, such as the ability to enter into a contract or file a lawsuit. Pennsylvania's legal ages laws specify, for instance, that minors may be represented by a guardian, guardian ad litem or next friend. specific ages for a number of these. Pennsylvania law does not state the ages at which a minor is eligible for emancipation or able to provide legal consent to medical treatment.

The following table lists the various provisions of Pennsylvania's legal age laws. See Emancipation of Minors Basics and Parental Liability Basics for related information.

Age of Majority 18 (23§5101)
Eligibility for Emancipation Not specified
Contracts by Minors Voidable except for necessaries until age 18 (common law)
Minors' Ability to Sue 18 or older may sue or be sued as adult; infant may be represented by guardian, guardian ad litem, next friend (23, §5101)
Minors' Consent to Medical Treatment Not specified

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- please contact a Pennsylvania family law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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