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Rights, Privileges, and Duties of Emancipation

Once declared to be emancipated, minors have the same rights, privileges, and duties in society as adults. Although the specific rules vary among the states, emancipated minors can typically do the following:

  • Enter into contracts and leases
  • Be a party to a law suit (either as a plaintiff or a defendant) in their own name
  • Buy or sell real estate or other property
  • Write a valid will
  • Inherit property
  • Enroll in school
  • Get married
  • Agree to various types of medical treatment

Emancipated minors can also vote and obtain a driver's license, but only if they are of sufficient age to do so.

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