What is another word for dower?

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[ dˈa͡ʊə], [ dˈa‍ʊə], [ d_ˈaʊ_ə]

Dower is a term that refers to a widow's share of her deceased husband's property. In legal terms, the dower is a woman's right to claim part of her husband's estate. While dower is a commonly used term, there are several synonyms that can be used to describe the same concept. These include widow's share, marital share, jointure, and dowry. Widow's share and marital share are often used interchangeably with dower, while jointure refers to an agreement in which a widow receives a lifelong income from her husband's estate. Dowry, on the other hand, refers to the property or money that a bride brings to her marriage.

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The woman's dower is a principal part of her estate that she can receive on the dissolution of her marriage. Accordingly, many married women in England and Wales are now entitled to a dower in their husbands' estates, regardless of whether they have ever received a penny of it. In some cases, the dower can be as much as a third or a half of the wife's net estate.

In England and Wales, the wife's dower is computed as her husband's proportionate share of her net worth at the time of marriage, provided it does not exceed £600 per couple.

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