De Bonis Testatoris Law and Legal Definition

De bonis testatoris is a Latin term. It means ‘of the goods of the testator.’ Historically, the termed referred to a judgment awarding execution on the property of the testator, rather than the administrator’s property. The phrase is mainly seen used under probate law.

The following is an example of a case law referring to the term:

The meaning of a judgment de bonis testatoris is, that the plaintiff recover his debt or damages to be levied of the goods and chattels of the testator in the hands of the executor; and it is so expressed where the record is made up at length. [Moore v. Kerr, 10 Serg. & Rawle 348, 350 (Pa. 1823)].