I asked this question, looking for a word like inherit/inheritance that applies to a widow(er) as opposed to an heir or a successor. Really, I was just looking for a good word, a word by which I could express myself more clearly, not a technical legal term. But a lot of people thought (and a couple insisted) that I was asking about legal terminology, even going so far as to vote to close the question. How could I have asked differently, and is there any way to salvage it now, with the increasingly negative view the community seems to be taking? Should I just delete the question?
How could I have asked differently?
It is always better to edit your question when a user asks you to clarify some points in the question. You commented
I said shared estate in my question, and complained abut inherit because it seems to suggest that the survivor didn't share the estate before the death.
but you didn't edit your question. It would have been better if you had edited it as follows:
You use to inherit when the ownership of an estate which was 100% owned by a husband is transferred to his wife after his death, but which verb do you use when the estate was 50% owned by her before his death. Do you still use to inherit? Is there any better verb to use in this case where the widow(er) taking the full ownership from 50% ownership?
It would have been better if you had edited your question to that effect.
Is there any way to salvage it now, with the increasingly negative view the community seems to be taking?
You can always edit your question and improving a post is encouraged here. Basically, your question reads more like a request for a legal terminology that can be applied to that specific case. But only two users voted to close it for that reason. It requires five close-votes to put your question on hold unless a moderator is involved with a single hammer. I don't think just two close-votes mean "the increasingly negative view of the community".
Should I just delete the question?
No. You need not delete your question. Your question received six upvotes and no downvote. It means six users find your question useful. It won't be a bad idea to try asking the question on Law Beta Stack Exchange. I would try if I were you.