Unde Nihil Habet Law and Legal Definition

Unde nihil habet is a Latin term which means ‘of which she has nothing.’ Dower unde nihil habet is a real action in the nature of a writ of right and where a woman marries a man who is sole seized of lands to him and his heirs. When no dower had been assigned to the widow during the time prescribed by law, she could, at common law, sue out a writ of dower unde nihil habet.

In Bridgeford v. Groh, 1927 Pa. Dist. & Cnty. Dec. LEXIS 3 (Pa. C.P. 1927), the court held that the writ of dower unde nihil habet is the writ uniformly adopted where the common-law action of dower is in use and is available in every case except where the widow has received part of her dower of the tenant of the lands sought to be charged.