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How can I find out what kinds of rights can be waived, and in what manner?

For example:

  • Can I waive any of my Constitutional rights? What kinds require a contract, and what kinds are waived through not exercising them at the proper time?
  • Can I waive any of my statutory rights? What kinds require a contract, and what kinds are waived through not exercising them at the proper time?
  • Any other rights I'm missing?

Note:

  • I mean without having to go ask a lawyer every single time, obviously.

  • I'm not asking anyone to make me a table of all possible rights and waiving mechanisms!
    I just want some rules of thumb, and/or pointers to existing lists if they happen to exist.

  • It's good you don't want such a table because last time I counted I had several million, most of which I waive on a daily basis. – Dale M Aug 20 '16 at 9:04
  • @DaleM: You counted several million kinds of rights? Are you sure you're grouping them correctly? – Mehrdad Aug 20 '16 at 9:08
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The rule of thumb is simple. You may waive any kind of right. If it's not waivable, it's a duty, not a right. The right to free speech does not mean that you must always criticise the government or your neighbor. The right to bear arms does not mean that you must be armed at all times. There is no right to not murder: there is a duty to not murder.

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    It seems it's not quite that simple right? Is there anything more accurate you can say? – Mehrdad Aug 20 '16 at 18:32
  • Do you have any evidence that there is such a thing as an unwaivable right? What would that even mean, as distinct from an obligation? – user6726 Aug 20 '16 at 18:52
  • @Mehrdad: One can certainly waive their FLSA rights, despite how you are reading that link (such as by quitting one's job rather than returning to work). What one cannot do is bind another in a contract to waive them. – sharur May 4 '18 at 18:26
  • @sharur: You seem to view "not exercising" as being equal to "waiving"? – Mehrdad May 4 '18 at 18:29

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