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A lawful person believes in rules, structures and authorities that extend beyond himself.
A Chaotic person believes in rules set only by those he believes personally in, that he sets himself, and authority is the reach of your arm, no more.
YOu believe in authority and laws, but you may not believe in specific laws or specific authorities (like, say, an illegitimate ruler, or laws allowing slavery). You do not have to have a personal investment in an authority or legal body to regard it as valid. Even if it goes against your personal desires, you might still regard a law or authority figure as correct and defer your judgement to them.
A chaotic person always decides these things incident by incident, person by person. They may not respect the law, but they may respect an honest cop who enforces it fairly, and try not to cause him a hassle. They may respect family as an authority figure, and stop absolutely right there, but it will still be based on personal respect and blood ties, not simply "Obey Dad."
But being lawful does not mean you unwaveringly do what the local law or authority says. Your personal code can easily override lesser strictures, and this is why multiple LN countries can very, very easily go to war with one another.