Jewish women were allowed to own property and to acquire land and houses by gift, heritage or purchase. This strengthened their legal status. Widows could do with their property whatever they wished.
Jewish women were accepted as plaintiffs and witnesses in Christian courts. A case from Wiener Neustadt shows that Jews - men and women - were on an equal footing with Christians. The Jewish sisters Malka and Sletlein won a lawsuit concerning their rights over the house which came into their possession after the owner could not pay his debts to them. Although even a priest was involved, Malka and Sletlein were given due attention.
In rare cases Jewish women were granted individual privileges by rulers. Around 1360 Count Meinrad VII of Goerz issued a privilege for Scharlat, widow of Schalom, and to her mother Minz with their household. He promised to protect them, they were allowed to give loans with the usual interest and to trade freely and he promised to support them in legal matters. Also freedom of travel was granted.