Is a Will written in another counrty valid in the US?

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Is a Will written in another counrty valid in the US?

My husband is Canadian, I’m a U.S. citizen. We married in Canada and had our Wills drafted there. We now reside in the US and are wondering if we have to redo our Will to make them valid even if there are no changes?

Asked on April 11, 2012 under Estate Planning, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking, a valid Canadian Will - one that was properly executed in Canada and abides by their laws - is recognized as valid in the United States.  It is always a good idea, however, to have it reviewed by an attorney here (one not looking to make money and re write it) in order to make sure that nothing stands out that could be a problem upon probate.  Good luck.


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