Thirds Law and Legal Definition

Thirds is that portion of a decedent’s estate which goes to his widow. Thirds is vested with the widow even when there are issues from the deceased. Usually, thirds is the one third of the decedent’s estate.

The Decedent Estate Law governs the share in the real and personal property of a decedent, not devised or bequeathed. [In re HALPERN, 303 N.Y. 33, 45 (N.Y. 1951)]