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n. The widow's common law right to one-third of her late husband's estate. This old English common law is still law in a few states. A widow's election enables her to choose whether to accept the dower rights or the terms of her husband's will. A husband's corresponding right is to the wife's entire estate and if children are living, then to the life estate in everything. Home
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