Does Florida honor foreign Wills?
Yes, but with conditions. The Florida Probate Code states: “Any Will, other than a holographic or nuncupative Will, executed by a nonresident of Florida, either before or after this law takes effect, is valid as a Will in this state if valid under the laws of the state or country where the Will was executed.”
A holographic Will is one handwritten by the testator and not witnessed, whereas a nuncupative Will is one relayed orally by the testator to another person but never put in writing. Neither type of Will is valid in Florida, even if the state where it was executed permits such documents. Note that a handwritten Will that is witnessed is still valid under Florida law. Other than these exceptions, Florida generally recognizes any Will which was valid in the jurisdiction where it was created.
Even if an out-of-state Will is legally valid under Florida law, it may benefit the testator to update it so that it will reflect Florida law, which has many advantages for estates and trusts. To check whether your Will is valid in Florida probate court, or to revise and update your Will to reflect current Florida law, the elder law and estate attorneys of Bach, Jacobs & Byrne, P.A. are here to help. Call us at (941) 906-1231 to set up an appointment.