We had a will made up in newJersey, do I need to change our address on the will for it to be legal in fl

We had our wills made up in NJ with our NJ address, do we need to change our address to our Florida address on our wills?

Asked on June 14, 2016 under Estate Planning, Florida

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If your Will was executed in accordance with­­­­ the laws of the state in which you previously resided, then it is valid in your new state of residence. That having been said, it is impor­tant to have it reviewed. Depending on how long ago you drafted your Will, due to changes in the law and life circumstances, you may wish to execute a new one. For example, there are restrictions on who can be named to serve as your executor that vary from state-to-state.   
Note:  Even though the main probate administration would occur in your current state of residence if you own property in another state, you may be required to open a probate estate in that jurisdiction. 
At this point you may want to consult directly with a local attorney on all of this. You want to make sure to protect your rights and ensure a smooth administration of your estate.


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