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BEQUEATH Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

To give personal property by will to another. Lasher v. Lasher, 13 Barb. (N. Y.) 106. This word is the proper term for a testamentary gift of personal property only, the word “devise” being used with reference to real estate ; but if the context clearly shows the intention of the testator to use the word as synonymous with “devise,” it may be held to pass real property. Dow v. Dow, 36 Me. 216; Borg- ner v. Brown, 133 Ind. 391, 33 N. E. 92; Logan v. Logan. 11 Colo. 44, 17 Pac. 99; Laing v. Barbour, 119 Mass. 525; Scholle v. Schoile, 113 N. Y. 261, 21 N. E. 84; In re Fetrow’s Estate, 58 Pa. 427; Ladd v. Harvey, 21 N. H. 528; Evans v. Price, 118 111. 593, 8 N. E. 854.


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