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Name Term description
Name Jointure Term description

A provision for a widow, usually made in her marriage contract and consisting of an annual payment to be made to her in her lifetime. If such a jointure was appointed for a wife, it would (unless otherwise provided for) deprive her of her widow's terce, but she was better off with the jointure, since if her husband died in debt or bankrupt, she would be reckoned as one of his creditors and would be able to make her claim first rather than waiting till the debts were settled and having to make do with a share of what was left.

Name Jus mariti Term description

A husbands right to his wife's moveables.

Name Jus relictae Term description

The 'right of the relict' (the widow); the share of the moveable goods of a marriage to which a widow was entitled on the death of her husband. If there were children, one-third would go to them as the bairns' pairt or legitim, and a further one-third would be the dead's part the deceased could bequeath, so that the jus relictae would be the other. (Terce has to do with heritables.)