Many people migrate to California each year. The fact that thousands of people come to California means that their estate planning instruments also follow them to California. If you were domiciled in another state or outside the U.S. and prepared your Will in that other state or foreign country (both regarded as “foreign Wills”), but later change your domicile to California, is your foreign Will valid in California if you die? Yes. Under California Probate Code §6113 a foreign Will is valid in California if any of the following three conditions are met:
For example, in Estate of Guerrero (1986) 183 CalApp.3d 723, the California Court of Appeals validated a Will executed in Mexico. In Guerrero, Antonio P. Guerrero, the decedent, was a resident of California, executed his Will while visiting Mexico, and he owned real property in California. The original Will, executed by the testator, was executed as a public open Will in conformity with Mexican law and was proved by a duly authenticated copy, the original Will being held in the official custody of the Mexican government; the Will was not revoked by the testator or by operation of law.
A Will properly executed by the deceased is valid in California if the Will was executed in compliance with California law; or was executed in compliance with the law prevailing at the time of execution at the place where it was executed; or the Will was executed in compliance with the law of the place where, at the time of execution or at the time of death, decedent was domiciled, had a place of abode, or was a national.
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