What is a gift?
A will outlines how the deceased’s property gets distributed by indicating what property goes to which people. When a will says that certain property goes to a specific person, that is known as a testamentary gift. There are two terms used to refer testamentary gifts, a devise and a bequest. A devise is where the gift is of real property (e.g., land) while a bequest is where the gift is of personal property. While most state laws and courts do not really make a distinction between the terms “devise” and “bequest” anymore, some still do.