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Washington Legal Ages Laws

Legal rights and responsibilities generally apply to people who have reached the age of majority -- 18 in most states -- at which you are considered an adult. But states also designate additional legal age limits for certain legal processes that apply to minors. Under Washington's legal age laws, minors may petition the court for emancipation at age 16 and minors may file lawsuits at age 14 with a court-appointed guardian or through a relative or friend who is 18 or older.

A list of Washington's legal age laws can found in the table below. See Emancipation of Minors and Parental Liability Basics to learn more.

Age of Majority 18 (§26.28.010, et seq.))
Eligibility for Emancipation By judicial petition at age 16 (§13.64.010, et seq.)
Contracts by Minors Bound for contracts for necessities; other contracts valid unless disaffirmed within reasonable time after reaching age of majority and restitution where possible of consideration (26.28.030, et seq.)
Minors' Ability to Sue By guardian; if 14 or over may apply himself for court-appointed guardian; if under 14 application must be made to court through relative or friend (4.08.050)
Minors' Consent to Medical Treatment Not specified

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

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