It is settled law in this state that a widow whose dower has not been assigned is not a competent party plaintiff in a partition suit. She has no estate in the land until her dower is assigned and therefore is not a joint tenant, a tenant in common, or a coparcener with her husband's heirs.
Harry L. Snead Jr.,
The Doweress Is Wearing a New Look,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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