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legacy,bequest by willwill,
in law, document expressing the wishes of a person (known as a testator) concerning the disposition of her property after her death. If a person dies intestate, i.e.
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rights to the enjoyment of things of economic value, whether the enjoyment is exclusive or shared, present or prospective. The rightful possession of such rights is called ownership.
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in law, voluntary transfer of property from one person to another without any compensation for it and without any obligation of an agreement or contract. The one who gives is the donor; the one who receives the gift, the donee.
..... Click the link for more information. causa mortis. A legacy ordinarily is distinguished from a devise, which transfers real property by will. The person who receives a legacy is called a legatee. Legacies are of various types. A specific legacy bequeaths a designated object, e.g., a named painting. A general legacy is a sum of money to be paid out of any assets of the estate. The residuary legacy is all of the deceased's personal property otherwise undistributed.
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1. a gift by will, esp of money or personal property
2. something handed down or received from an ancestor or predecessor
3. surviving computer systems, hardware, or software
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legacyThat which is handed down from a predecessor. In the computer field, it refers to the previous, major generation of hardware and/or software that continues to be used. See legacy application, legacy data, legacy card, legacy-free PC, legacy LAN, legacy network, legacy printer, legacy protocol and legacy system.
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