Act No. 489
Public Acts of 2016
Approved by the Governor
January 5, 2017
Filed with the Secretary of State
January 6, 2017
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 6, 2017
STATE OF MICHIGAN
REGULAR SESSION OF 2016
Introduced by Senator Jones
ENROLLED SENATE BILL No. 558
AN ACT to amend 1846 RS 66, entitled “Of estates in dower, by the curtesy, and general provisions concerning real estate,” (MCL 558.1 to 558.29) by adding section 30; and to repeal acts and parts of acts.
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
Sec. 30. (1) Notwithstanding sections 1 to 29, and except as otherwise provided in subsection (2), a wife’s dower right is abolished and unenforceable either through statute or at common law.
(2) This section does not apply to either of the following:
(a) A widow’s dower elected by a woman whose husband died before the effective date of the amendatory act that added this section.
(b) If a widow’s husband died before the effective date of the amendatory act that added this section, the widow’s right to elect dower under section 2202 of the estates and protected individuals code, 1998 PA 386, MCL 700.2202.
Enacting section 1. Sections 2931 and 2933 of the revised judicature act of 1961, 1961 PA 236, MCL 600.2931 and 600.2933, are repealed.
Enacting section 2. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days after the date it is enacted into law.
Enacting section 3. This amendatory act does not take effect unless all of the following bills of the 98th Legislature are enacted into law:
(a) Senate Bill No. 560.
(b) House Bill No. 5520.
Secretary of the Senate
Clerk of the House of Representatives