the right of a wife to have the interest or access to her husband's property after her husband's death.In most cases, a widow has the right to at least one third of all the real estate property that the husband had ownership of during the course of the marriage.This is regardless of what the husband has stated in his will.In some cases, a widow may be able to claim life interest and her husband's property as well.
Legal provisions made for a widow from her husband's property to support her and her children. The widow usually received an interest for the remainder of her life in one-third of the land and certain other property which her husband had acquired during the marriage.
The life estate of a widow in the property of her husband. At common law a wife had a life estate in one-third (in value) of the property of her husband who died without leaving a valid will or from whose will she dissented. In many states common law dower has been abolished by statute or never has been recognized.
a provision in the law for the widow for her support and the care of her children. Upon the death of her husband, the widow received one-third in value of all lands that her husband owned at the time of his death.
The provision that commonlaw makes for a widow out of the real estate owned by her husband. A dower interest is a widow's entitlement to a one-third life interest in all the lands that her husband owned during their marriage. The amount to which the widow is entitled has been changed by statute in many states, and the term "dower" has been replaced by "statutory interest" in some instances.
An estate for life to which a married woman by statute is entitled on the death of her husband. In most states it is a life estate of one third of the value of all land which the husband owned during their marriage. Dower has been abolished by statute in some states. The reason for requiring a wife's joining in the deed of any land by her husband is the release of her dower right.
The lands and tenements to which a widow has claim (in life estate), after the death of her husband for the support of herself and her children. Usually one-third in value of all lands which her husband owned, but varies from state to state.
The portion of a deceased husband's estate to which the wife was entitled, by law. At this time it consisted of a life estate in 1/3 of the real property and slaves that the husband had owned while alive. Property transferred by the husband before death might also be subject to dower if the wife did not give her permission to the transfer.
The interest enjoyed by a wife in real property her husband acquired during his life time. The right becomes exercisable upon the death of the husband. Dower still exists in some jurisdictions but has been abandoned in most.
At common law, the right of a wife on surviving her husband to a life estate in one third of the freehold estates of inheritance of which her deceased husband was solely seized at any time during the marriage and which her issue by him might possibly have inherited. Dower is the estate that a wife has for her life in certain freehold estates of her deceased husband. Dower has been abrogated or abolished in most Canadian jurisdictions.
The legal right or interest, recognized in some states, that a wife acquires in the property her husband held or acquired during their marriage. During the husband's lifetime the right is only a possibility of an interest; upon his death it can become an interest in land.
The rights of a widow in the property of her husband at his death.
Dower or morning gift (Latin: doarium or morganaticum; Fr. douaire; German: Morgengab) was a provision for support during life (particularly for the widowhood period) accorded by law to a wife surviving her husband. It was settled on the bride, by agreement, at the time of the wedding, or provided by law.