If the surviving spouse does not make an election to receive the life estate in the
homestead and file it with the clerk within four months from the date of service of
notice under section 633.237, it shall be conclusively presumed that the surviving spouse waives the right to
make the election. The court on application may, prior to the expiration of the period of four months,
for cause shown, enter an order extending the time for making the election.
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