Is a North Carolina will valid in Florida?
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Maybe. Florida will recognize wills made in other states if it complies with Florida's requirements. If the will was not executed with two witnesses observing in the presence of a notary public and signed precisely in the format that Florida law requires, the will will NOT be self proving. This means that the witnesses will have to be located and sign an oath affirming that they witnessed the execution of the will before a duly sworn commissioner appointed to take the oath. This is oftentimes far more costly and time consuming then simply having the will redrawn by a Florida attorney in compliance with all applicable laws.
Scott R. Jay, Esq.
Florida will recognize a will from another state if it was validly executed in that state. If you need any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.