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To dispose of Personal Property owned by a decedent at the time of death as a gift under the provisions of the decedent's will.The term bequeath applies only to personal property. A testator, to give real property to someone in a testamentary provision, devises it. Bequeath is sometimes used as a synonym for devise.

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v. to give personal property under provisions of a will (as distinct from "devise" which is to give real estate). 2) the act of giving any asset by the terms of a will. (See: will, bequest)

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to dispose of property by will.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

TO BEQUEATH. To give personal property by will to another.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The court made it plain that a will is a contract between a bequeather (donor) and the bequeathed (benefactor) that the latter would receive and accept the former's legacy after that person's death.
"The following shall be subject to succession: material objects (movable and immovable things) and non-material objects (securities, patents, trade marks, etc.) claims of patrimonial character and property obligations of the bequeather; in cases provided for by laws--intellectual property (authors' property rights to works of literature, science and art, neighbouring property rights and rights to industrial property), as well as other property rights and duties stipulated by laws.
Back in Peninsula, I stopped at the Winking Lizard to see if I could find the bequeather of the reflective heart, to tell him about my ride.