Relocating and the Complications of Estate Planning

If you create an estate planning and then move to another state, it could present complications. Relocating often creates issues with estate planning and people wonder if they need to create a new will or trust when they move to another location. Normally, a solid will can hold up in any state, but it is still wise to have the estate planning documents reviewed whenever you move to make sure that there are not state and local laws that will be void after the move.

If your estate planning documents refer to state laws as the governing law and cite state specific statutes, then you will want to execute an amendment to the trust that changes all the references to the old state laws. An attorney can help you to edit your will or trust so that you utilize the laws that are applicable in your state.

Another estate planning document that you may need to change after moving are a living will or a Directive to Physicians. These documents are created according to state law. A living will that is effective in one state may not be enforceable in another. You will want a local attorney in your new area to help you as you work through your documents and make sure that they are in accordance with the laws of the state.

If you move to a community property state, you will also want to have your estate plan reviewed to make sure that all property is distributed accordingly. You can talk with your estate planning attorney about whether or not your state is a community property one. Don't hesitate to contact a local estate planning lawyer using if you want more information. We are here to help you get the answers to all of your estate planning questions so call today!