Residuary legatee

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(Law) the person to whom the residue of personal estate is bequeathed.

See also: Residuary

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"I have given a judgment for the residuary legatee under the will," said the Court, "put the costs upon the contestants, decided all questions relating to fees and other charges; and, in short, the estate in litigation has been settled, with all controversies, disputes, misunderstandings, and differences of opinion thereunto appertaining."
"What," said the notary, "do you not intend making Mademoiselle Valentine de Villefort your residuary legatee?"
All the rest he died possessed of, he bequeathed to Peggotty; whom he left residuary legatee, and sole executrix of that his last will and testament.
Mortimer replies, that by special testamentary clause it would then go to the old servant above mentioned, passing over and excluding the son; also, that if the son had not been living, the same old servant would have been sole residuary legatee.
Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend, and sole mourner.
And then the three harpooneers were bidden to the feast, they being its residuary legatees. They made a sort of temporary servants' hall of the high and mighty cabin.
"It can't be denied that undeserving people have been legatees, and even residuary legatees. It is so, with testamentary dispositions." Again he pursed up his lips and frowned a little.
The residuary legatee must report amounts subsequently collected as IRD when collected.
Of the new material added to the repertory of Delacroix's writings much comes from private collections, notably that of Achille Piron, the artist's residuary legatee, and that of the writer, art critic and art historian, Claude Roger-Marx.
Even before the contents of old Dutch bottle are revealed, the one-mound responsibility of Harmon's foreman is magically multiplied as Boffin becomes residuary legatee for the whole Harmon estate, worth upwards of a hundred thousand pounds.
(26) William was to be an executor of Captain Johnson's will and was also residuary legatee and sole executor of Mrs Paterson in 1839.
The phrasing is, however, standard, and its location in these wills - either before or after the designation of the residuary legatee - suggests that the reference to a "body" is not literal, but idiomatic.(46) In other words, he is not leaving clothes to her that she has by his fiat, but rather making sure, in a rather conventionalized fashion, that those items that are hers in the first place will not be included in the remainder and thus divided among his heirs.(47)