If you ever move out of state, it’s important to review your will as well as your entire estate plan with an estate planning attorney licensed in your new state. This ensures a valid and legal will as well as an up to date estate plan.
Many people completely forget about updating and then find that their plans don’t meet their current state laws or that out of state documents add unnecessary expense and complication.
Take a look at the information below to learn more about the importance of reviewing your will. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to discuss your will needs, contact an estate planning attorney in your new state.
Each state has its own laws that must be followed when individuals create an estate plan or will. While your current will may be effective in your new state, you may need to make some legal changes that will allow your will to function efficiently with your new state’s laws.
If you don’t take the steps to review your will, your will may not “work” in your new state. A will “works” if it does what you want it to do. Hiring two probate – estate planning attorneys, one in your prior state and one in your new state probably doesn’t “work” for you. It’s easier and less expensive just to update.
It’s especially important to have your will reviewed if you haven’t looked at it in several years. This will allow you to make updates to meet your current needs as well as make sure that it follows your state’s laws. Estate plans, including wills, should be reviewed and, likely, updated every three to five years.
If you have any questions, or if you’d like to review your will, consult with a qualified estate planning attorney.