[APG Public List] surviving spouse "elective share"

JFonkert at aol.com JFonkert at aol.com
Wed Jan 6 14:29:11 MST 2010

Does anyone know the general history of "elective share" of surviving  
spouses in testate cases?  I know what modern-day Minnesota law says, and  also 
know that specifics vary among states.  I am wondering when such  
protections became common.  I gather this is an outgrowth of dower's  rights.
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.
Jay Fonkert,  CG
Saint  Paul, MN

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