widow's election

Definition of "widow's election"
  1. The decision a widow has to make between accepting the portion of her late husband's estate mentioned in his will or the share she is granted by the state's inheritance laws
How to use "widow's election" in a sentence
  1. Following her husband's sudden demise, her lawyers counseled her on the process of widow's election.
  2. Given the meager allotment in her husband's will, she chose the option of widow's election and took the state-mandated share.
  3. The widow's election was a difficult decision considering the large family involved.

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