Devise Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Devise.

Devise (verb/noun)

  1. Devise (verb): To transfer ownership of real estate (land and buildings) through a legal document known as a will. This term is traditionally used when talking about giving away real property, not personal property (like money or objects).

  2. Devise (noun): The actual real estate item (land, house, or other buildings) that is being given to someone in a will.

Example: John decided to devise his lake house to his daughter in his will. This lake house will become a devise after John's death.