The legal right or interest a wife acquires in the property her husband held or acquired anytime during marriage. During the husband’s life, the dower is an expectant or inchoate interest which does not ripen into a legal estate (called consummate dower) until the husband’s death. Dower attaches to lands to which the husband, during the marriage, is seized ” in feesimple, in freehold, or in leasehold”. The parties must be validly married, and in this regard, Hawaii does not recognize common law marriages. Upon the death of the husband, the wife is entitled to a life estate in 1/3 of all the lands owned by her husband at any time during the marriage, in fee simple, or in leasehold. She is entitled to an absolute interest in 1/3 of all the remaining personal property owned by him at the date of his death, after payment of all just debts. Note the following: The wife loses her dower in Land Court land if she fails to have the TCT amended to reflect the marriage; dower does not attach to the interest of property the husband holds in joint tenancy; a wife cannot convey her dower interest to a third party; a husband cannot release his wife’s dower interest by acting as her attorney-in-fact.