Devisor Law and Legal Definition

A devisor is one who disposes of property by will. Devisor is a testator who makes a devise by his/her will.

For instance, the will must be subscribed and attested in the presence of the devisor by three or four credible witnesses, or else it will be utterly void and of no effect.

Generally, all persons who may sell an estate may devise it. However, there are some disabilities of devisors such as:

1. Infancy. Under some jurisdiction this disability is partially removed. Also, an unmarried woman at the age of eighteen years may devise.

2. Coverture. In general, a married woman cannot devise but in Connecticut and Ohio she may devise her lands and in Illinois, her separate estate. In Louisiana, she may devise without the consent of her hushand.

3. Idiocy and non sane memory. It is evident that a person non compos can make no devise, since s/he has no will.

The removal of the disability which existed at the time of the devise does not, of itself, render it valid. For example, when the hushand dies, and the wife becomes a feme sole; when one non compos is restored to his sense; and when an infant becomes of age; these several acts do not make a will good, which at its making was void.

Divisor is also a mathematical term referring to the number by which another number is divided.