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MI is one of the few states where Dower still exists and it has been upheld by the MI Supreme Court. To calculate dower you must know the entire value of the lands seized in the estate and the amount of the dower is 1/3 of the value. The calculation should not take into account community property or marital property. MI Statute 557.214 states, "No right of curtesy or of dower shall be allowed in community property, but this act shall in no way affect the wife's right to dower in her husband's separate property
." I am presuming you read MI Statutes 558.1 to 558.92. Dower is just that, it is when the surviving spouse was not provided for in the will and it is from the husband's separate property.
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