Ocala, FL asked in Probate for Florida

Q: If seeking a lawyer for probate must they be from the same state in which the will was written?

Will was written in New York & I am living in Florida and seeking council, here.

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Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
Answered
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Santa Rosa Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You need a lawyer licensed where the probate action will be filed. Sounds like that will be Florida if the decedent died while a resident of Florida.

Mr. Long H. Duong
Mr. Long H. Duong
Answered
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: No but it may take a few extra steps to have the Will admitted by a Florida Probate court. Most wills have the same basic provisions but the formalities of executing and signing the Will vary from state to state. Generally speaking, a Will from outside the State of Florida can be admitted in Florida.

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
Answered
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: you will need an attorney licensed to practice in Florida. It doesn't really matter where the Will was written.

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