Rights, Privileges, and Duties Inherent in Emancipation

Once declared to be emancipated, minors have the same rights, privileges, and duties in society as adults. Although the specific aspects vary among the states, generally, emancipated minors can 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 treatments

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


Inside Rights, Privileges, and Duties Inherent in Emancipation