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abatement of a legacy

definition of abatement of a legacy:

a reduction or elimination of a beneficiary's legacy because of debts which must be paid from the decedent's estate before inheritance may happen.

abatement of a legacy, as it might be used:

Legacies to a spouse shall be abated only after the abatement of legacies to persons who are not related to the testator.

abatement of a legacy, in an example:

Fergus' favorite uncle, Angus, willed his nephew a thousand dollars. Unfortunately, Angus' estate was insolvent at the time of his death; therefore the legacy was abated and Fergus received nothing.
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