elective share

noun

Legal Definition of elective share

: the share (as one third) of an estate set by statute that a widow or widower or sometimes a child is entitled to claim in lieu of any provisions made in a will or in the event of being disinherited unjustifiably

called also forced share

— compare curtesy, dower

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“Elective share.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/elective%20share. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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