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 fee simple, 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.