2019 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 12 - Miscellaneous Public Affairs Matters
Article 2A - Uniform Statute and Rule Construction Act
Section 12-2A-3 - General definitions.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 12-2A-3 (2019)

In the statutes and rules of New Mexico:

A. "annually" means per year;

B. "age of majority" begins on the first instant of an individual's eighteenth birthday;

C. "child" includes a child by adoption;

D. "oath" includes an affirmation;

E. "person" means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture or any legal or commercial entity;

F. "personal property" means property other than real property;

G. "personal representative" of a decedent's estate includes an administrator and executor;

H. "population" means the number of individuals enumerated in the most recent federal decennial census;

I. "property" means real and personal property;

J. "real property" means an estate or interest in, over or under land and other things or interests, including minerals, water, structures and fixtures that by custom, usage or law pass with a transfer of land even if the estate or interest is not described or mentioned in the contract of sale or instrument of conveyance and, if appropriate to the context, the land in which the estate or interest is claimed;

K. "rule" means a rule, regulation, order, standard or statement of policy, including amendments thereto or repeals thereof, promulgated by an administrative agency, that purports to affect one or more administrative agencies other than the promulgating agency or that purports to affect persons who are not members or employees of the promulgating agency;

L. "sign" or "subscribe" includes the execution or adoption of any symbol by a person with the present intention to authenticate a writing;

M. "state" means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States;

N. "swear" includes affirm;

O. "will" includes a codicil; and

P. "written" and "in writing" includes printing, engraving or any other mode of representing words and letters.

History: Laws 1997, ch. 173, § 3.


Effective dates. — Laws 1997, ch. 173 § 22 made the Uniform Statute and Rule Construction Act effective July 1, 1997.

County is body corporate therefore "person". — A county is fairly included as a body politic and corporate, to which the word "person" is extended. Donalson v. County of San Miguel, 1859-NMSC-001, 1 N.M. 263.

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