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Estate and Elder Law

Ask Liza: Are Wills Drafted In Other States Valid?

Dear Liza: I would like to know if my wife and I had a will drawn up in Colorado and now reside in Arzonia do we need to have it redone? If your Will was valid in Colorado, it will be valid in Arizona. Both states require that a Will be in writing, be written by someone over 18 years old, and be witnessed by two people. Still, if you plan to stay in Arizona, you should consider doing a new Will in Arizona-certain provisions of state law differ and an estate planner in Arizona could tell you which ones. Also, if you have moved to Arizona permanently, you should re-do your Durable Power of Attorney and Advance Health Care Directive-both documents name Agents to act on your behalf if you are incapacitated (one for health care and one for finance), and these documents tend to be state specific and you want them to be honored by state hospitals and banks without fuss. I've linked each document to a form that you can use in Arizona.

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