officious intermeddler

officious intermeddler
of·fi·cious in·ter·med·dler /ə-'fi-shəs-ˌin-tər-'med-əl-ər/ n: one who unnecessarily meddles in the affairs of another and then seeks restitution or compensation for the beneficial results but who is barred from receiving it

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

officious intermeddler
A person who does something to benefit another without being requested or legally obligated to do so, and is therefore not entitled to seek compensation for his or her actions. For example, someone who decides to wash all of the cars on the block would not be entitled to demand payment from each car's owner.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

officious intermeddler
n. A person who acts to benefit a person without having been asked to do so and without having had a contractual or legally recognized interest in doing so, and then seeks compensation or restitution for the act from the beneficiary, even though he has no legal grounds to do so.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

officious intermeddler
   a volunteer who assists and/or benefits another without contractual responsibility or legal duty to do so, but nevertheless wants compensation for his/her actions. The courts generally find that the intermeddler must rely on the equally voluntary gratitude of the recipient of the alleged benefit.
   See also: Good Samaritan rule

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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