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What is a Statute?

Mathew Kerbis, The Subscription Attorney

This show brings bite-sized educational minutes every week about different legal topics.

On today’s episode, Mathew Kerbis, The Subscription Attorney, answers the question, "What is a statute?"

Our last episode covered statute of limitations.

A statute is not just about limitations.

In the United States, it's a law passed by representatives we elect to make those laws.

Statutes are published in an official code you could find on government websites.

When helping a client with a new situation, the first question I ask is, "What is the statute that applies to this situation?"

Statutes tell us our rights.

They tell us things we can do and can't do.

Sometimes they're specific and sometimes broad.

They give us a framework to operate in, like coloring between the lines.

Statutes sometimes give us the lines, and sometimes we have to trace that line.

While not always true, usually, when someone's referring to a law or the law, it's a statute.

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The Law for Kids Podcast brings bite-sized educational minutes every week about different legal topics.