Rights of Dower & Curtesy in Real Property


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The common law right of a widow to a life estate in her deceased husband's real property is known what?

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1. Alan and Beth are married in a state that recognizes dower and curtesy. Alan owns property that he has just sold to Carl. If Carl is smart, what should he require on the deed?

2. David and Elaine live in a state that recognizes dower and courtesy and also has enacted a statute entitling a surviving spouse an elective share of the deceased spouse's estate. Dave decides to disinherit Elaine. Which of the following is correct?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are two common law rights that are becoming extinct, yet may still become an issue in certain situations. Use this quiz/worksheet combo to test your understanding of these two rights. The quiz will ask you to identify the term used for the common law right of a widow to a life estate in her deceased husband's real property.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet test you on the following:

  • Requirements of a deed in a state that recognizes curtesy and dower
  • Establishing the right to curtesy
  • Key difference between curtesy and dower

Skills Practiced

The assessments let you use these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about dower and curtesy rights in real property
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to analyze scenarios and determine what must occur legally for the person to establish rights
  • Distinguishing differences - contrast the two main topics in the lesson, dower and curtesy
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the common law right of a widow to her deceased husband's real property

Additional Learning

To examine these common law rights in more detail, study the lesson, Rights of Dower & Curtesy in Real Property. The following objectives are included:

  • Review the historical basis for the laws
  • Define elective share
  • Determine what a person may do if a state has both dower/curtesy and elective share
  • Understand the effect on deeds in states that still have dower and curtesy