If my mother had a Will drawn one state but is now living in another, is it still valid?

Asked on August 27, 2013 under Estate Planning, North Carolina


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

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is.  The general rule is that Wills that are validly executed in one state are valid when you move to another state.  But it is also a good rule of thumb that you should have the Will reviewed every so often to make sure that everything is as  you wish it to be, all assets are still the same, etc.  Also, there are certain rules in certain states that may have been different.  For example, the state of Florida has specific rules about who can inherit real property.  Good luck.

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