Residuary Legatee Law and Legal Definition

The person to whom a testator's estate is left after specific bequests have been made is residuary legatee. The first right to apply for letters of administration with the will annexed is in the residuary clause of the will. A residuary legatee’s name will be mentioned in the will to receive any residue left in an estate. S/he is named after deducting the expenses of administering the estate and any inheritance tax that is payable. For example, an unmarried man leaves home to his sister and everything else to his disabled brother, who is the residuary legatee. When more than one residuary legatee is named, each would be equally entitled to make application.