Do I need 2 Wills if I’m a resident of one state but live in another?

I am a resident of Alabama but have been living in Virginia for college. My girlfriend and I are drafting Wills. Unfortunately, I’m unclear whether or not I’ll need 2 Wills because of my residency. As we are both female, we would like the Will, medical directive, etc. to be very precise. We don’t want any problems or loopholes.

Asked on May 23, 2012 under Estate Planning, Virginia

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, you do not need two wills.  A Will that has been properly executed in one state is valid in all states.  Some states do have certain provisions that differ from others  - such as to whom you can leave real property - so I would speak with an attorney and not do this yourself.  Good luck.


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