the life estate which a husband has in the lands of his deceased wife, which by the common law takes effect where he has had issue by her, born alive, and capable of inheriting the lands.
At common law, this was the husband's right to the land that his wife and he owned during the marriage.
the common-law right that gives a husband right to his wife's real property due to marriage.Specifically, it is the right that a husband has in terms of his wife's property at the time of her death.In some states, this right is only present if children who have rights of inheritance were born to the couple during the course of the marriage.In some states, this right does not exist at all.
A husband's life estate in the property of his deceased wife. By statute in most sates, it is a life estate in one third of the land she owned during their marriage. Curtesy has been abolished by statute in some states.
Right of a husband to a life estate in all real property owned by his wife during their marriage provided they had children. D-H
The common law life estate of a husband to land his wife possessed in fee at her death. This interest has been abrogated as modified by statute in many states.
A man's entitlement through common law to all property held or owned by his wife. (See also dower.)
The common law interest a husband has in real estate at the time of his wife's death (governed by state law).
In commonlaw states the rule under which a man was entitled to a life estate in all lands owned by his wife during marriage, provided lawful issue (children) were born of the union. As with dower, modern day statutes have, in many cases, repealed or modified commonlaw curtesy.
the right of a husband to all or part of his deceased wife's realty regardless of the provisions of her will. Exists in only a few states.
Common law rights of a widower in real estate owned by his deceased wife during their marriage. In Massachusetts, common law curtesy has been abolished and replaced with gender-neutral dower rights.
A right that a husband has in his wife's property at her death. It does not exist in all states. Dedication - The setting aside of certain land by the owner and declaring it to be for public use. Examples: streets, sidewalks and parks.
The common-law right, arising from marriage, of a husband in his wifeâ€™s real property.
A life estate, usually a fractional interest, given by some states to the surviving husband in real estate owned by his deceased wife. Most states have abolished curtesy.
See dower and curtesy.
An archaic legal concept which gives a husband a legal interest in all or part of his deceased spouse's real property, irrespective of the contents of her will.