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LEGAL MAXIMS
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[ Also see Law ]

The right line is always preferred to the collateral.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 529)

When two rights concur in one person, it is the same as if they were in two separate persons.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 531)

The brother's possession of an estate in fee-simple makes the sister to be heir.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 532)

The right of blood and kindred cannot be destroyed by any civil law.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 533)

The interpretation of deeds is to be liberal, that the thing may rather have effect than fail.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 543)

In agreements, the intention of the contracting parties, rather than the words used, should be regarded.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 551)

In wills we more especially seek out the intention of the testator.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 555)

The last will of a testator is to be fulfilled according to his true intention.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 566)

In ambiguous expressions, the intention of the person using them is chiefly to be regarded.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 567)

We must never depart from the signification of words, unless it is evident that they are not conformable to the will of the testator.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 568)

In an ambiguous expression of law, that signification is to be preferred which is consonant with equity, especially when the spirit of the law can be collected from that.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 576)

Where two things repugnant to each other, are found in a will, the last shall stand.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 583)

Coupling of words together shows that they are to be understood in the same sense.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 588)

Things which do not avail when separate when joined avail.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 588)

No one can properly understand any part of a thing till he has read through the whole again and again.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 593)

No one is able rightly to understand one part before he has again and again read through the whole.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 593)

The words of charters are to be received more strongly against the grantor.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 594), also Noy's Maxims

In the construction of agreements words are interpreted against the person using them.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 599)

The law will make such a construction of an instrument as not to injure a party.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 603)

That is a cursed interpretation which corrupts the text.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 622)

That is certain can be made certain.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 624)

The useful is not vitiated by the useless.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 627)

The king cannot confer a favor on one subject which occasions injury and loss to others.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 63)

Whatever is added to demonstrate anything already sufficiently demonstrated is surplusage.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 630)

The presence of the body cures error in the name; the truth of the name cures an error of description.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 637, 639, 640)


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