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long_long_jon Jul 11th 2012 10:48 am

Making a will
 
I am new to this great site. I searched for "making a will" expecting that there would be threads or even articles but came up blank - maybe i did not search correctly.

The issue I have is that my wife and I have a property in Beaufort, South Carolina where we spend up to six months a year (the maximum allowable). It makes sense to create a will but I believe there may be complexities given that we have a UK will.

Has anyone who is not a US resident been down this route and able to offer advice. Or can you recommend a British lawyer who will be familiar with this situation?
Rgds
Long_long_jon

cranston Jul 11th 2012 2:03 pm

Re: Making a will
 
I suggest you call Legalzoom. I have used them and they are great.

www.legalzoom.com

long_long_jon Jul 11th 2012 2:23 pm

Re: Making a will
 
Thanks I will give them a ring
Long_long_jon

Bob Jul 11th 2012 8:03 pm

Re: Making a will
 
If you aren't a US resident, you don't need a US will, your UK one will be fine.

S Folinsky Jul 11th 2012 9:40 pm

Re: Making a will
 
A will is valid if it is validly executed under the law of the place of signing. So, if a will executed in the UK is valid under UK law, it will be recognized in any of the U.S. states. That said, when it comes to "real property" there will have to be an "ancillary probate/administration" in South Carolina to dispose of the real property.

No comment is made on tax considerations.

long_long_jon Jul 12th 2012 10:57 am

Re: Making a will
 
Many thanks - thats helpful
Rgds
Jon


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