right of election


right of election
n. A spousal right to elect to receive the gifts bequeathed by the deceased's will, or to instead elect to receive a share of the estate as put forth by statute. Also known as widow's election.
See also dower.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


right of election
The prerogative of a surviving spouse to accept the provision the dead spouse made in the will or to disregard the will and claim the share specified by statute.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


right of election
The prerogative of a surviving spouse to accept the provision the dead spouse made in the will or to disregard the will and claim the share specified by statute.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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