Heir Versus Legatee

There is usually a slight difference between the legal use of the word “heir” and “legatee.” An heir usually is someone who has a biological or legal right to inherit from a deceased person, even if that person leaves no will. A “legatee” is someone mentioned as being given property in a deceased person’s will.

A recent posting on Rootdig covered the nuances in a specific example from 1903.