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Distributee is a person or party who receives assets from a larger pool of assets. It is often synonymous with beneficiary. In the context of wills, a distributee is the beneficiary of an estate. A California Appellate Case, In re Berk, highlighted this meaning by referring to distributees and heirs of an estate synonymously. In the context of trusts, a distributee is a recipient of the proceeds of the trust. For example, in O’Leary v. Grant, the New York Supreme Court referred to the possible beneficiaries of the trust as the distributees.  

[Last updated in October of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]