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What Is a Specific Bequest?

A specific bequest is a gift (bequest) or a specific item (or asset) to a named person or entity. Specific bequests are usually made at the beginning of a last will or living trust, followed by other provisions that provide for the distribution of the other assets of your estate.


For example, specifically providing that your diamond ring should be given to your daughter is a specific bequest. Or you may specifically provide that $1,000 shall be distributed to each of your five grandchildren.