Are legal documents created in one state, still in effect if you move to another state?

My husband and I have a Living Trust, Power of Attorney, healthcare proxies and Wills that were all created in our former state of residence while we were living there. We have since moved out of state. Are these documents all still in effect or so we have to have them all redone?

Asked on March 20, 2012 under Estate Planning, Florida


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It would be a wise idea for you to have a wills and Trust attorney in your new state of residence to review your existing living trust, power of attorney, Wills and health care directives to make sure that they comply with your current state of residence.

Most likely they comply since most states in this country have uniform statutes on the subject assuming the documents are drafted correctly in the first place. Prudence suggests that you simply consult with another attorney who practices in the area of estate planning of your current state to have these documents reviewed for conformity of your current state's laws.

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