My Will was drawn up in another state. Is it still valid in Florida?

 In Estate Planning, Probate

If your Will was valid in the state where it was written, it should be valid in Florida, with some exceptions. However, property laws do vary from state to state. For instance, one significant distinction between states when it comes to property law is whether they are considered “common law” states or “community property” states. In the former, the property of each spouse belongs to each individually – in the latter, the property is shared.

Another important thing to consider: not every state accepts all types of Wills as valid. For instance, Florida does not recognize either “nuncupative” or “holographic” Wills. Nuncupative Wills are spoken to two witnesses and then written down by those witnesses; holographic Wills are written in the handwriting of the deceased without witnesses.

If you have recently moved to Florida and want to make sure your Will is valid in Florida, the lawyers at Bach, Jacobs & Byrne, P.A. are happy to help. Give us a call at 941-906-1231.

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