The following genuine examples are taken from Google Books:
She had left him nothing on her death except for her earlier gift of Twickenham Hall and its eighty acres of parkland, against which he had heavy debts.
He had no children, and his nephew was proclaimed throughout his dominions, and ruled them for six years. On his death there was a general scramble for power between the governors of the different provinces.
If the husband left his entire estate to his wife, there would be no estate tax at his death since his estate passed to a surviving spouse.
As he develops this theme we begin to learn what he takes a "true philosopher" to be, and what he thinks is actually going to happen to him at his death.
I was wondering if the two phrases were interchangeable in these examples. Is there any discernible difference between them?