Legal Definition and Related Resources of Brother-in-law

Meaning of Brother-in-law

The brother of one”s husband or wife or the husband of one”s sister . Two men are not brothers-in-law from the circumstance of merely having married sisters. state Ex Re I Anderson v Bd. of Ed. Mingo county W. Vaã 233 S.E.2d 703.

Brother-in-law Alternative Definition

The brother of a wife, or the husband of a sister. no relationship, in the former case, between the husband and the brotherin-law, nor in the latter, between the brother and the husband of the sister; there is only affinity between them. See Vaughan, 302, 329.

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What does Brother-In-Law mean in American Law?

The definition of Brother-In-Law in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

A term of variable usage, covering the brother of one”s wife, the husband of one”s sister, and also (though less commonly) the husband of one”s wife”s sister and (to a wife) the husband of her husband”s sister. “Sister-in-law” describes the same relationship, but with a female subject.


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