Is My Will Still Valid if I Move To Another State?
If you properly executed a will while living in another state and then moved to Washington, Washington state law provides that the will as a whole is still valid.  However, don’t be too quick to cross that off your mental check-list.  While your Will itself may still be valid, there may be some differences between Washington law and your old state’s laws that may make certain provisions of the will invalid.    Property laws can vary from state to state.  It is especially important to have your estate plan reviewed if you move from a separate property state to a community property state (or vice versa).  Washington is one of a handful of community property states.  In a separate property state each spouse’s property is owned individually, while in a community property state, property acquired during the marriage is considered the property of each spouse.    Other considerations are whether there is any language you can add to the Will to make it easier to probate in Washington and whether it still makes sense to keep your chosen executor based on your new location.  Other parts of your estate plan may need updating as well.  For example, your old state may have different rules for powers of attorney or health care directives.    So if you move to a new state be sure to review your estate plan with an attorney to make sure it will still meet your objectives.