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A bequest is a right of action granted by the testator in his will to a specific person. That person is called a "legatee." The bequest can cover a variety of claim rights. Think of specific movable or immovable property or, for example, a sum of money. The bequest gives the legatee the right to claim the bequest from the estate.

A bequest, in principle, falls to all heirs. This means that the legatee has a right of action against all heirs to dispense the bequeathed. However, the testator can also stipulate that the bequest be borne by a specific person. In short, the bequest has many guises.

A legatee can accept or reject the bequest. Unlike the heir, the legatee does not have to explicitly accept but is presumed to have accepted the bequest.

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