Widowed daughter-in-law CANNOT ask for her share in the family property according to Hindu Law

Widowed daughter-in-law has limited rights

Under Hindu Law, a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) is made up of two groups: coparceners and members. Coparceners are those born into the family or adopted into it, like fathers, sons, and daughters. Members are those who join through marriage, such as mothers and daughters-in-law. All coparceners are also members, but not all members are coparceners.

All members have the right to be supported by the family’s income and assets, but they can’t demand to divide the assets of the family. However, coparceners have the right to ask for a division of the family’s property.

When a coparcener dies, the family’s property is considered to be divided just before their death. A widowed daughter doesn’t have the right to ask for a share of the property.

If a deceased son has left a will, his share in the family’s assets will be distributed according to the will. If there’s no will, his share will go to his legal heirs as per the Hindu Succession Act. The daughter-in-law will get an equal share to each son and daughter. If there are no sons or daughters, the daughter-in-law will get the full share of the deceased son. So, the son’s share in the family’s assets will be distributed among his legal heirs after his death.

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