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WVC 42 - 3 - 1 §42-3-1. Right to elective share.

(a) The surviving spouse of a decedent who dies domiciled in this state has a right of election, against either the will or the intestate share, under the limitations and conditions stated in this part, to take the elective-share percentage of the augmented estate, determined by the length of time the spouse and the decedent were married to each other, in accordance with the following schedule:

If the decedent and the spouse The elective-share

were married to each otherpercentage is:

Less than 1 year Supplemental Amount Only

1 year but less than 2 years 3% of the augmented estate.

2 years but less than 3 years 6% of the augmented estate.

3 years but less than 4 years 9% of the augmented estate.

4 years but less than 5 years 12% of the augmented estate.

5 years but less than 6 years 15% of the augmented estate.

6 years but less than 7 years 18% of the augmented estate.

7 years but less than 8 years 21% of the augmented estate.

8 years but less than 9 years 24% of the augmented estate.

9 years but less than 10 years27% of the augmented estate.

10 years but less than 11 years30% of the augmented estate.

11 years but less than 12 years34% of the augmented estate.

12 years but less than 13 years38% of the augmented estate.

13 years but less than 14 years42% of the augmented estate.

14 years but less than 15 years46% of the augmented estate.

15 years or more50% of the augmented estate.

(b) If the sum of the amounts described in subdivisions (3) and (4), subsection (b), section two of this article, and subdivisions (1) and (3), subsection (a), section six of this article, and that part of the elective-share amount payable from the decedent's probate and reclaimable estates under subsections (b) and (c), section six of this article, is less than twenty-five thousand dollars, the surviving spouse is entitled to a supplemental elective-share amount equal to twenty-five thousand dollars, minus the sum of the amounts described in said sections. The supplemental elective-share amount is payable from the decedent's probate estate and from recipients of the decedent's reclaimable estate in the order of priority set forth in subsections (b) and (c), section six of this article.

(c) The right, if any, of the surviving spouse of a decedent who dies domiciled outside this state to take an elective share in property in this state is governed by the law of the decedent's domicile at death.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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