The term "devise" refers to the distribution or transfer of real property, such as land, buildings, or real estate, from a deceased person to a designated Beneficiary through their Last Will and Testament.
The person making the will, known as the Testator, can specify who will receive their property and how it should be transferred. This might include details about the type of property, its location, and any specific conditions or terms associated with the transfer.
For example, a person's will might include a provision like: "I devise my beach house located at [address] to my daughter, Jane."
It's important to note that the term "devise" specifically pertains to real property. This is in contrast to when personal property (such as money, jewelry, or vehicles) is being transferred through a will, when the term Bequeath is used.
The distinction helps ensure clarity in the will regarding which types of assets are being addressed.
When creating a will or interpreting its provisions, it's advisable to work with an Estate Attorney to ensures that the terms are properly drafted, adhere to legal requirements, and accurately reflect intentions for the distribution of their assets.