Dower and Curtesy

Dower and Curtesy

by Richard C. Wilson & Family Offices Group Association Team

Family Office Definition: Dower and Curtesy

Dower and Curtesy definition:  Dower and curtesy refers to the surviving spouse’s right to not accept the amount provided by the deceased person’s will and instead insist on receiving their forced share of the augmented estate by state law. (Dower typically applies to the wife and curtesy to the husband.)

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