Difference Between Devise And Bequeath (bequest) | Propertylogy

Difference Between Devise And Bequeath

By on June 16, 2019

There are a lot of legal terminology that can make a material difference in the distribution of assets according to the will of a deceased.

To devise refers to the transfer of real property, or real estate, to a specific beneficiary indicated in a will.

The receiver who inherits would be referred to as a devisee. And the donor can be referred to as the devisor.

To bequeath, or bequest, is to transfer personal property to specified recipients as indicated in the will of someone who has passed on.

The receiver can sometimes be called a legatee.

However, it must be noted that modern use of the word bequeath can either refer to real or personal property.

When there is no will to indicate the allocation and distribution of assets left behind, then real property usually descends to heirs.


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