Dower is a widow’s right to a one-third life estate in real estate owned by her deceased husband during marriage. A wife’s dower had been recognized in Michigan since the time it became a state in 1857. Michigan was the only state that had dower but not curtsy – a husband’s right to an interest in his wife’s property. By definition, dower only applied to a widow and many anticipated potential constitutional issues for dower in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. On January 5, 2017, Governor Snyder signed legislation eliminating dower except for a widow whose husband dies before the effective date of the law – 90 days from January 5.