DEAD MAN'S PART

Definition of DEAD MAN'S PART in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DEAD MAN'S PART

In English law, that portion of the effects of a deceased person which, by the custom of London and York, is allowed to the administrator; being, where the deceased leaves a widow and children, one-third; where he leaves only a widow or only children, one-half; and, where he leaves neither, the whole. This portion the administrator was wont to apply to his own use, till the statute 1 Jac. II, c. 17, declared that the same should be subject to the statute of distributions. 2 Bl. Comm. 518; 2 Steph. Comm. 254; 4 Reeve, Eng.Law, 83. A similar portion in Scotch law is called "dead's part," (q. v.)

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