a Legatee is a person named in a will to receive property. A legatee is another name for the more commonly used term beneficiary.
A legatee is a person who gets a legacy in the literal way. A legatee is a person who receives a legacy, which is personal property, from a will as part of the testator’s estate. This is known as the law of wills and property. The term “legatee” refers to anyone who inherits from a will, regardless of whether the property is real or personal. However, the term “devisee” refers to anyone who inherits real property from a will.
Legatees may also include organizations that receive personal property as part of a will inheritance. A beneficiary is the closest modern term to a legatee.« Back to Glossary Index