Michigan Compiled Laws, Chapter 557. Property of Husband and Wife § 557.264

Sec. 4.  Upon death of a married person, 1/2 of the property to which this act applies is the property of the surviving spouse and is not subject to testamentary disposition by the decedent, or distribution under the laws of succession of this state.  One-half of that property is the property of the decedent and is subject to testamentary disposition or distribution under the laws of succession of this state.  With respect to property to which this act applies, the 1/2 of the property which is the property of the decedent is not subject to the surviving spouse's right to elect against the will and an estate of dower does not exist in the property of the decedent.


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