Personal Effects Law and Legal Definition

Personal effects is a reference to everyday items of personal use, usually referred to in the disposition of belongings in a will. It includes clothes, cosmetics and items of adornment. Personal effects can include such things as jewelry, appliances, tools, furniture, clothing, china, silver, coin collections, works of art, and the like.

The Department of Defense administers the law dealing with the person authorized by law to receive the personal effects of a deceased military member. Receipt of personal effects does not constitute ownership.