In Maryland, a legatee is a person or entity named in a will to receive a specific gift or bequest from the deceased person’s estate. Unlike an heir, who is entitled to a share of the estate when the deceased person dies without a valid will, a legatee only receives the specific property or asset that was bequeathed to them in the deceased person’s will.

For example, if a deceased person’s will specifies that their antique furniture collection should be given to their friend John, then John is considered a legatee and is entitled to receive the antique furniture collection, while the rest of the estate will be distributed according to the terms of the will or Maryland intestacy laws.

It is important to note that the rules governing inheritance, wills, and trusts in Maryland can be complex, and they may vary depending on the specific circumstances of the deceased person’s estate. It is recommended to consult with a qualified attorney to understand the laws and rules related to inheritance and estate planning in Maryland.

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