operation of law – the means by which a right or a liability is created for a party through law, not by contract, act, or intent of a person

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operation of law:

1. The means by which a right or a liability is created for a party regardless of the party’s actual intent <because the court didn’t rule on the motion for rehearing within 30 days, it was overruled by operation o law>. [1]

1. Through law, not by contract or otherwise by the act of a person. [2]

1. Through law, as opposed to by contract or through the action of a person or other entity.  For EXAMPLE, a person who receives property by inheritance (i.e. under the intestate laws), rather than under a will, receives the property by “operation of law.” [3]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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