Are Wills, powers of attorney and medical powers of attorney drawn in one state valid in another?

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Are Wills, powers of attorney and medical powers of attorney drawn in one state valid in another?

Asked on May 21, 2013 under Estate Planning, Arizona

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, they are.  The general rule is that if they are valid in one state they are valid in all states.  But you should double check say if assets are changing.  For example, the state of Florida has a law that limits to whom you may bequeath real property - generally a family member only. There are ways around that in estate planning but you should make sure that your Will is still up to date in how you wish your assets distributed.  Good luck.


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