elective share
A proportion of a decedents estate which the surviving spouse may claim, as a substitute for what they were left in the decedents will.
Syn: widows share, statutory share, forced share

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  • Elective share — An elective share is a term used in American law relating to inheritance, which describes a proportion of an estate which the surviving spouse of the deceased may claim in place of what they were left in the decedent s will. It may also be called …   Wikipedia

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