Definition: Devise

A devise is a gift given in a will, usually of real property, such as a house or land. The verb form of “devise” is “to devise.”

It is not necessary for a will to include the formal word “devise” to give a devise. For example, “I devise my cabin to my brother, Harry” will have the same legal effect as “I give my cabin to my brother, Harry.”

See also bequest and legacy.