The Element of Status
The Legal Element of Status plays a central role in legal thinking and applies to both beings and things. Accordingly, the language of law is rich with terms that describe the status or state of living beings (both human and non-human) and objects (both real and abstract). The legal terms minor and divisible contract describe status. The term minor is used to denote a person who has not yet reached the age of majority. The term divisible contract denotes a type contract that contains multiple covenants which can be enforced separately.
In the legal system status plays a key role in determining which rules of law apply in a given situation.
About the Legal Elements
With legal terminology it�s important to understand both the what and the why.
That is, you need to know both what the term means and why it�s important in the eyes of the law. Without understanding the why, you can miss the point even with a perfectly good definition in mind. That�s why Clear-Point Law has created a proprietary system for indexing legal terminology. We call it The Legal Elements.
The legal elements provide non-lawyers with a context for legal terms. These elements represent the key concepts of legal thinking and provide the answer to the question, why is this important. It doesn�t matter if the issue is criminality or contracts. For a description of all 12 Legal Elements, see our Overview of the Legal Elements.