Do I have separate Wills if I have property in 2 different states?

I have property in both states. I have been told that I needed lawyers in both states to draft up a Will. Can one will suffice?

Asked on February 29, 2012 under Estate Planning, Oregon

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, you do not need two separate Wills.  One Will will suffice.  What will happen though is that an ancillary proceeding will have to be begun in the state in which you do not legally reside and the other property is located.  I would suggest that you speak with an estate planner and another attorney here.  Good luck.


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