Updating Out-of-State Wills in Idaho?

by | Jun 10, 2017 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Should a Last Will and Testament created in another state be reviewed by a local Idaho attorney when the owner moves to Idaho?

My answer is:  Unless you want to make changes to the persons you’ve named as your beneficiaries or as your Executors, there should not be a need to have the document reviewed by a local attorney.

If the document was prepared by an estate planning attorney in the first place, Idaho courts will honor that Will if you pass away here in Idaho.  So, in my view, having an out-of-state Will reviewed by an Idaho attorney is not necessary unless there are specific changes that you’d like to make.

The same holds true for all Powers of Attorney and Living Wills that were initially created after 2006.  For Powers of Attorney and Living Wills created  prior to 2006, they should usually be updated to comply with the requirements of the federal HIPPA (medical records) statute.  And the need for updating to be sure of HIPPA compliance is true for documents created both in Idaho, as well as those created out-of-state.


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