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Is My Arizona Will Valid in Another State?

A legally binding will is valid across state lines, but a major life change like a move warrants an update to your will.

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Moving to another state is often a stressful endeavour. You’ll probably be busy updating your drivers’ license and registration, your listed address, and your voter registration. One thing you probably don’t need to worry about though is whether the will that you created in Arizona will be valid in another state.

As long as your will meets the requirements needed for it to be legally binding, then your will is valid across state lines. It needs to have been written and signed by you, you need to be over 18 years of age, and the physical copy needs to be additionally signed by two witnesses who’ve seen you sign the will.

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Making changes to your will

However, if you make a big move across state lines, it’s still a good idea to take a new look at your will and update it accordingly. Identifying information like addresses and phone numbers will need to be changed. If you’ve purchased property in a new state, your will should reflect that.

You’ll also want to think of your executor. An estate executor is usually named in the will, and it’s recommended that the executor live close by so that they can carry out their duties easier. If you’ve moved very far away from your original executor, it might be time to update that role.

The general rule of thumb is that you should update your will regularly, particularly after big life changes like marriages or births. A move across state lines definitely qualifies as a major life change, and should warrant an update to your will.

Got any more questions about how and when to update your will? Get in touch with us for a free consultation today.

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