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Moving could affect your executor selection

Most people dread moving for many reasons but one very common complaint is packing and unpacking. Another tough aspect is saying goodbye to friends, family and familiar comforts. But if your move includes more than a change of city or zip code, you may be looking at more changes than you ever could have imagined. If you are moving to another state, different state laws could change several issues you thought were in place and taken care of. Make sure you resolve any legal issues that could negate those you have put in place in Florida.

If you have appointed an executor to your will, you should know that if your executor is not your spouse or a direct blood relative, they may not retain the assignation of executor in some states, like Ohio. Sometimes the law of another state only requires that your executor lives in a state that allows an unrelated party to be assigned.

Another issue you could run into is the requirement in some states that the executor is physically present at the time your estate is administered. So if you have appointed someone who is either unwilling or unable to make the trip, you may have a problem with your estate plan.

Most people make estate plans with the intention of avoiding the timely and costly risk of probate and want to ensure their legacy is carried on in the way they have chosen. But if you think your plan leaves no loose ends, beware. If you have moved to Florida from another state, or vice-versa, you may need to consult an estate-planning attorney to ensure no changes in laws will hurt your estate plan.

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