Will my legal papers from PA be accepted in GA ?

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Will my legal papers from PA be accepted in GA ?

Legal papers were drawn up in PA and notarized. There is no living will but these papers describe all aspects of what is to be done. Papers are Power of Atty. designated, Health care should either of us become incapacitated or terminal with no hope and Co-existant Agreement. Is there any other legal papers we need to have should family challenge these?

Asked on April 25, 2019 under Estate Planning, Georgia

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M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Typically, these type of legal documents are honored from state to state. That is so long as they were valid in the state in which they were originallt drwn up and executed in. 

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Any state will honor the powers of attorney, health care proxies, wills, etc. drawn up in and according to the laws of other states, so long as those documents are fully valid under the laws of the state wherein they were created. The critical issue is to make sure therefore that the language of the documents and how they were signed, witnessed and notaritzed was all valid where they were created; if they were, then other U.S. states will be obligated to honor them, too.


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