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In North Carolina law, the widow's elective share was what she would
have received (one-third of the real estate for life and one-third of
the personal property forever) if her husband had died intestate. The
widow had the option to decline the husband's provisions for her in his
will, and to elect instead to take what she would have received if he
had died without a will (intestate). "I shall fly to my thirds."<br>
<br>
Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG<br>
Charlotte, North Carolina<br>
<br>
<a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="mailto:JFonkert@aol.com">JFonkert@aol.com</a> wrote:
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  <div>Does anyone know the general history of "elective share" of
surviving spouses in testate cases?&nbsp; I know what modern-day Minnesota
law says, and also know that specifics vary among states.&nbsp; I am
wondering when such protections became common.&nbsp; I gather this is an
outgrowth of dower's rights.</div>
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  <div>I am going to be looking at 1840 statutes from a couple of
states tomorrow, but if anyone can give me a quick general picture, I'd
appreciate it.</div>
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  <div><font family="SANSSERIF" ptsize="10" face="Arial" lang="2"
 size="2">Jay Fonkert, CG<br>
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 href="http://fourgenerationsgenealogy.blogspot.com/">http://fourgenerationsgenealogy.blogspot.com/</a><br>
Saint Paul, MN<br>
  <br>
Member, Association of Professional Genealogists<br>
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 face="Arial" lang="2" size="1">CG (Certified Genealogist) is a service
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