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If a minor get his guardians to sign a contract that allows him to make all legal decisions at age 16 would it hold up in court?

Hendersonville, NC |

parents have joint custody, current age is 15 turning 16 in less then a year

Attorney Answers 3


  1. No. A person needs to be 18 to make a legally binding decision. Guardians cannot avoid the law.


  2. No. Such a contract would be void.

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  3. I agree with both previous answers and will add that I am not sure what the goal is with such a document. The law is clear that minors cannot be bound to contracts. Without a true emancipation proceeding, the minor is still a minor and no other party (landlord, creditors, employers, ect...) are required to honor such an agreement even if it were valid.