Are wills in one state good in another state?

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


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.  

Licensed in New York



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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.