Immediately (law)

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In legal usage, "immediately" forms several compounds based on its conventional definitions.

Conventional definitions[edit]

Courts have used immediately to mean "Promptly, with expedition, with reasonable haste consistent with fair business activity." 46 Am J1st Sales § 163.

  • As used in a request made to a carrier for freight cars: -- at once. 13 Am J2d Car § 153.
  • As an adverb of time in the clause of an accident policy providing for certain indemnity in case of injury causing total disability "immediately": -- proximity of time with the injury, as presently, or without any substantial interval between the accident and the disability. 29A Am J Rev ed Ins § 1526.
  • As a limitation of time for the commencement of an action: -- within a reasonable time and without unnecessary delay.

Putnam v Putnam, 86 Mont 135, 282 P 855.

Courts, looking at the substance of contracts and statutes, have, during the last two centuries, repeatedly declared that the word "immediately," although in strictness it excludes all meantimes, yet to make good the deeds and intents of the parties, it shall be construed "such convenient time as is reasonably requisite for doing the thing." Anno: 16 ALR 609.