Residuary Devise Law and Legal Definition

Residuary devise refers to the remainder of the testator's property left after other specific devises are taken. Devise means the act of giving property by will or the property that is disposed off in a will.

A general residuary devise carries every real interest, whether known or unknown, immediate or remote, unless it is manifestly excluded. The intention to include is presumed, and an intention to exclude must appear from other parts of the will, or the residuary devisee will take.[Brown v. Wells, 45 App. D.C. 428 (D.C. Cir. 1916)]