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n. a person who receives a gift of real property by a will. The distinction between gifts of real property and personal property are actually blurred, so terms like beneficiary or legatee cover those receiving any gift by a will.

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DEVISEE. A person to whom a devise has been made.
     2. All persons who are in rerum natura, and even embryos, may be devisees, unless excepted by some positive law. In general, he who can acquire property by his labor and industry, may receive a devise. C. & N. 353.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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1930) (holding that a bequest conditioned partly upon the devisee remaining single was not obnoxious to the rule against restraints on marriage).
Austrian Roth & Partners, a real estate consultancy which has acted in place of the owner ("In Loco Domini") for offshore investors, is expanding its capability to provide the same services to individuals, families, trustees, devisees and non-profit organizations.
to be an heir or devisee of the incapacitated principal, the agent
Hugh Munro of the same place, as a devisee in the will of Captain John Munro (his grandfather).
(10) The discussion ignores the operation of the slayer rule, which functions to override an otherwise valid bequest when the devisee kills the testator.
Property specifically or demonstratively devised by the decedent's will to any devisee shall not be included in exempt property.
(11 Wheat.) 332, 351-58 (1826) (holding that when a state had granted land to an alien and later had purported to grant part of the same land to someone else, the initial grant to the alien was not "void," but rather gave the alien a defeasible estate that could be divested only through appropriate proceedings initiated by the state); Fairfax's Devisee v.
(219) When confronted with the young man's assertion, the testator replied: "[T]hat's a demn [sic] lie" and "He ain't no such damn thing." (220) A will executed near the end of the testator's life removed an $8,000 bequest to a beloved housekeeper, replacing it with a bequest of only $ 1,000 and inserted the alleged illegitimate son as a devisee to the exclusion of all other relatives.
(8) Pursuant to [section]733.805(1)(b), transmission expenses are paid by the residuary devisee (in this case the residual trust), whether they are allocated to income or principal.