Is my mother's Will still valid in Massachusetts?

Sam (Guest) on Friday, November 02 2012, 02:01 PM
My mother wrote her will in Massachusetts several years ago. She lived in Malden, MA and was spending about half the year in Florida. Now she lives in Florida permanently. She has not yet executed a will in Florida. Is the will she wrote in MA valid?
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    Replied by Attorney Kenneth Simmons on Monday, November 05 2012, 08:48 AM · Hide · #1
    Changing your state of residency does not automatically invalidate a Will. Most states, including Florida, will recognize a “foreign” (out of state) Will as valid provided it was properly done under the law of the other state. This is referred to as “reciprocity”. However, although valid, a Will done in compliance with the law in Massachusetts may not contain all the legal pieces that a Will done specifically in compliance with Florida law would contain. Given the fact that your mom has actually become a permanent Florida resident, the best thing she can do would be to update her Will in Florida.
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