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At common law, a minor was defined as a male who had not attained the age of twenty-one or a female who had not attained the age of eighteen. Today, in Texas, the age of majority (when a person is no longer a minor) for contractual purposes has been changed by Sec. 101.003 Tex. Family Code to eighteen years for both sexes. Texas law also provides for the termination of minority upon marriage.
In general, minors possess the legal capacity to acquire ownership of real estate, and conveyances and encumbrances of real estate executed by minors are valid and subject only to disaffirmance within four years after the minor attains the age of majority.
Exceptions to the general rule are the following:
DO NOT INSURE A DEED EXECUTED BY A MINOR UNLESS FOUR YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE MINOR REACHED 18 YEARS OR YOU OBTAIN A WRITTEN CONFIRMATION OF THE DEED.
During minority, the minor has a right to disaffirm any contract he enters into.
Adults who enter into contracts, conveyances, encumbrances, etc., with minors cannot avoid their contractual duties on the grounds that the minors can do so.
Many jurisdictions do find circumstances, under which minors can be bound by contracts and other instrument when:
The Minors right to disaffirm is a contract curtailed if: