Your Guide to Understanding Your Rights, Responsibilities, and How to Protect Yourself When You Turn 18
In Massachusetts you’ve now reached the age
of legal adulthood.
With this milestone, you have nearly all the legal rights
and responsibilities of an adult. Among your new rights
are the right to vote and serve on a jury, to marry, to
enlist in the military or choose medical care, and to be
responsible for any contracts you sign.
This is an exciting time, opening the door to new
opportunities and challenges. This guide gives an
overview of some of these new opportunities to
participate as a legal adult and gives some tips for
handling finances, understanding the legal obligations
involved when signing a contract, fully participating in
our civic life, and much more.
This guide highlights just some of the laws that may
apply to you at this important turning point in your life.
Keep in mind that laws are subject to change and that
this a guide only and, as such, does not contain legal
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