General Bequest Law and Legal Definition

A general bequest is a gift of property from the estate that does not specify the exact piece of property the beneficiary shall receive. It may be satisfied from any of the general assets of the estate. [Central Carolina Bank & Trust Co., N.A. v. Wright, 124 N.C. App. 477 (N.C. Ct. App. 1996)].

A general bequest is chargeable upon the general estate, and not so given as to be distinguishable from other parts of the estate of the same kind, or, as otherwise defined. [Matthews v. Matthews, 477 So. 2d 391 (Ala. 1985)].