A specific bequest is defined as such:

the gift in a will of a certain article to a certain person or persons

Here it says:

A specific bequest is a gift (bequest) or a specific item or asset to a named person or entity.

Does a computer file count as an item?

Can I say that person A should get file A from my laptop and person B should get file B?

I imagine that I can, but it is not immediately clear to me that "item" or "article" includes digital files.

  • Thats a good question and I'm curious how accounts are handled. Even if the hoster limits the usage on life, if you buy something you should be able to gift it when you die...this may be a seperate question.
    – Swizzler
    Sep 26 '18 at 15:58

Wills are governed by state law, but yes you may. Almost anything that can be legally owned/possessed can be bequeathed. When a copyright holder dies their copyrights (intangible property) are transfer to the estate or heirs as proscribed in the will or state law if no will exists.


Technically, you would be bequesting the rights to the files. Rights are assets, and can be bequested. You have the right to access your laptop, and assuming you created the files, you have the right to copy them onto another device and do whatever else you want to do with them. Those rights can all be bequested, even though the files themselves are in some sense not "items".

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