Legal Right Law and Legal Definition

Legal rights refers to rights according to law. It exists under the rules of some particular legal system.

Following is a case law defining the term legal right. A legal right is a claim recognizable and enforceable at law. [In re estate of FOLWELL, 68 N.J. Eq. 728, 731 (N.J. 1905)].

The legal right and legal remedy are correlative.

In State v. Sanders, 96 N.M. 138 (N.M. Ct. App. 1981), the court held that parents have a natural and legal right to custody of their children. This right is prima facie and not an absolute right.

However, there is no legal right in a legacy under a will. Legatees under the will can only claim as equitable owners, not legal. Their rights are all equitable, and can only be enforced in the manner pointed out by statute or under equitable rules. [In re estate of Folwell, 68 N.J. Eq. 728, 732 (N.J. 1905)].