Beneficial Devise Law and Legal Definition

Beneficial devise is a devise which bequeaths a beneficial interest. In a beneficial devise, the devisee is intended by the testator to receive a direct interest under the will in the property of the testator.

The following is an example of a case law referring to beneficial devise:

All beneficial devises, legacies, and gifts, made, or given in any will to a subscribing witness thereto, will be wholly void, unless there are three other competent witnesses to the same. [Sullivan v. Sullivan, 106 Mass. 474 (Mass. 1871)].