Legatee Law and Legal Definition

A legatee is a person or organization named to receive a gift of property or money under the terms of the will of a person who has died. A legatee may also be referred to as a beneficiary. In a strict sense, a legatee does not receive real property, since historically a legatee referred to those taking personal property under a will, whereas those taking real property were referred to as devisees. However, in modern usage, "legatee" is often used to designate a person who takes anything according to the terms of a will.