operation of law
op·er·a·tion of law /ˌä-pə-'rā-shən-/: the application of law to a situation that gives rise to a result
statutory liens and other forms of security that arise by operation of law — J. J. White and R. S. Summers

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

operation of law
n.
The automatic effects of law; used in situations when the rights or liabilities of parties are determined by application of law, and not through their own private agreements.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


operation of law
A way in which someone acquires certain rights or responsibilities automatically under the law, without taking individual action or being the subject of a court order. For example, when one joint tenant dies, any surviving joint tenants obtain title to the jointly owned property; when someone dies without a will, the person's legal heirs automatically become entitled to inherit property from the estate.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


operation of law
adj. Description of an event that comes about automatically by virtue of application of law to a set of facts.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


operation of law
The manner in which an individual acquires certain rights or liabilities through no act or cooperation of his or her own, but merely by the application of the established legal rules to the particular transaction.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


operation of law
The manner in which an individual acquires certain rights or liabilities through no act or cooperation of his or her own, but merely by the application of the established legal rules to the particular transaction.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

operation of law
n.
   a change or transfer which occurs automatically due to existing laws and not an agreement or court order. Examples: a joint tenant obtains full title to real property when the other joint tenant dies; a spouse in a community property state will take title to all community property if the spouse dies without a will that leaves some of the dead mate's interest in the community property to another; or a guardianship of a minor ad litem (for purposes of a lawsuit) ends automatically upon the child turning 18.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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