Are wills in one state good in another state?

Asked on October 6, 2013 under Estate Planning, New York

Answers:

Paula McGill / Paula J. McGill, Attorney at Law

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

If you move from one state to another, you should protect yourself and your last wishes by going to an attorney to determine if the laws will distribut your estate the way you desire.   Each state has its own laws.  Therefore, procedure, administration, and distribution, among others may be altered.  

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Terence Fenelon / Law Offices of Terence Fenelon

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

The wills are valid as long as the execution and the form is valid in the state in which they are being admitted to probate.  For example, some states require 2 witnesses to a will, some require 3.  In Illinois, we require 2 but I  always obtain 3 as I don't know where the client will reside when the will becomes effective.


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