In its deliberations during 1966 and 1967 regarding estates of decedents, the Virginia Advisory Legislative Council gave particular consideration to the advisability of abolishing the contingent rights of dower and curtesy in Virginia. The VALC had to determine what interests, if any, should be reserved to the surviving consort, and whether the distinction between real and personal property in intestate succession should be abolished.
Joseph L. Lewis,
PROPOSED LEGISLATION: It's Time to Abolish Dower and Curtesy In Virginia,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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