dower

The legal right or interest which the wife acquires by marriage in the real estate of her husband. At common law it consists in the use, during her natural life after the death of her husband, of one-third of all the real estate of which her husband was beneficially seined, at any time during the marriage, by a title such as might pass by inheritance to the children of the marriage. The same term is often used to describe the rights given to widows in the real estate of their husbands by statute, even where the statutory rights differ from the common-law estate of dower. Sometimes the term is used to describe a widow's statutory rights in her husband's real and personal estate, even personal estate alone, and the rights of a husband in the real estate of his deceased wife. 25 Am J2d Dow § 1. See admeasurement of dower; assignment of dower; dowable; dower consummate; inchoate right of dower; jointure; quarantine; release of dower; tenant in dower; widow's third.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

Synonyms:
, / / (of real estate)


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