Right Of Dower

Definition of "Right of dower"

Preston  Murphy & Diane Harmon
  Keller Williams Realty

A life estate right of a widow on the demise of her husband, if he dies intestate, to
all his lands and possessions for her and her children's support. If she dissents from his will, the
widow is entitled to one-third of all the assets of husband's estate. The right of dower has been
abolished in almost all states and significantly changed in others.

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