As I have learned previously, minors generally lack capacity to make a contract.In other words, people under the age of 18 cannot be bound by a...
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As I have learned previously, minors generally lack capacity to make a contract. In other

words, people under the age of 18 cannot be bound by a contract. They have the legal right to disaffirm a contract after it is completed, and require the other party to the contract to give back what was exchanged (the consideration).


The exception to this legal rule is that minors do have the legal capacity to make contracts for what are called necessaries (food, shelter, clothing, etc.). 


Questions: Why do you think that this exception exists? Do you think that the general rule that allows minors to disaffirm is a fair law?   Should a party that makes a contract with a minor who lied about his or her age be able to force the minor to stay in the contract?  

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