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legal rights

in the succession law of Scotland, the financial provision that the law takes from a person's estate for relatives. Before this exercise takes place, statutory prior rights have to be considered - they are every bit as legal and can quite often exhaust an estate - however, prior rights operate only on intestacy. Legal rights apply whether there is or is not a will. The free moveable estate, i.e. exclusive of heritage, is divided into three parts: one for the widow or widower, called jus relictae or jus relicti respectively; one for the children or, if dying before the deceased, their representative(s), called legitim or the bairn's part; and the dead's part, which, as the names suggests, means that it can be willed with impunity. Clearly, these provisions can be avoided by transferring one's property into heritage or disposing of the property during life.
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We found in the last paper, that mere declarations in the written constitution are not sufficient to restrain the several departments within their legal rights.
Your legal rights are not above suspicion, my friend," replied Tarzan, "and your power to enforce your commands are only apparent--not real.
and formality, have sworn that you already had the legal right you
And does not the slave system, by denying the slave all legal right of testimony, make every individual owner an irresponsible despot?
After all these years I am still confident that excavations which I have neither the legal right to undertake nor the wealth to make would disclose the secret of the disappearance of my unhappy friend, and possibly of the former occupants and owners of the deserted and now destroyed house.
Swear to me, then, never to let them put a crown upon your head unless you have a legal right to the crown.
While the strict legal right may exist in the government to enforce the exercise of these offices, the attempt to do so would be so irritating, and so nearly impracticable withal, that I deem it better to forego for the time the uses of such offices.
For it must be remembered that this was a dark period; and in spite of venerable colleges which used great efforts to secure purity of knowledge by making it scarce, and to exclude error by a rigid exclusiveness in relation to fees and appointments, it happened that very ignorant young gentlemen were promoted in town, and many more got a legal right to practise over large areas in the country.
This testimony, so long as I live, and so long as my descendants have any legal right in my books, I shall cause to be republished, as an appendix to every copy of those two books of mine in which I have referred to America.
When I saw you ill-used on the farm that day I was nearly mad to think that I had no legal right to protect you--that I could not have it; whilst he who has it seemed to neglect you utterly
These demons have her in their toils; legal right, might, power, money, and every influence are on their side.
Our husbands would really forget our existence if we didn't nag at them from time to time, just to remind them that we have a perfect legal right to do so.