/bakwest/ A gift (transfer) by will of personal property; a legacy. Disposition of realty in will is termed "devise."
Conditional bequest. One the taking effect or continuing of which depends upon the happening or non-occurrence of a particular event.
Executory bequest. The bequest of a future, deferred, or contingent interest in personalty.
Residuary bequest. A gift of all the remainder of the testator's personal estate, after payment of debts and legacies, etc.
Specific bequest. One whereby the testator gives to the legatee all his property of a certain class or kind; as all his pure personalty

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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