Is a Will that was executed in one state valid in another?

A friend lived with me off and on for many years. He made out a Will leaving me his auto and personal belongings. He had the will notarized but had to move out of state 2 or 3 years ago due to illness. He died last week and I need to know what I need to do to get his Will recognized in the state in which he died. I have his Will in my possession.

Asked on November 18, 2014 under Estate Planning, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  Generally speaking, the answer to your question is yes, the Will is valid in the new state.  But it has to be probated in the new state as well.  It must be filed by the proposed executor in the county in which the decedent resided at the time of his death.  You might want to consider hiring an attorney in the new state just for convenience.  Good luck.


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