Contingent Legacy Law and Legal Definition

If a legacy is given to a person, when that person arrives at the age of twenty-one, it is a contingent legacy; and if the legatee dies before that time, the legacy is lapsed. The testator, however, may prevent the legacy from lapsing; but to do so, he must not only declare his intention to that effect, but he must likewise mention the person who is to take it. [Kent v. Watson, 17 N.C. 366 (N.C. 1833)].