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Hello I have question regarding my Last Will and Testament. My

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I have question regarding my Last Will and Testament.
My will was written and sign in 1992 in Massachusetts.
Over the years we moved to Arizona, sold our old property and bought two new houses.
In my Will point 9 says:
"In the event that my beloved husband, predeceases me, then i give, devise, and bequeath the residue of my entire estate, both real and personal, or mixed, wherever situated and whether acquired before or after the execution of this my Last Will and Testament, and over which I may have the power of attorney unto my beloved son.
If my son predeceases me, then his share is to pass to his living issue, if any.

My question is: Do I have to make any additional changes in my Will if I moved to Arizona, sold my old house and bought new properties?
Thank you for your question.

Your will makes no mention of specific properties from the language you shared, merely refering to your "entire estate", so there would be no need to prepare an amendment to your will simply because you moved or bought/sold new properties. Even if you did specifically mention a certain item in a Will "I leave my 1956 Chevy to my son", if you no longer have the item upon your passing, then the gift merely lapses.

As far as the Will itself, so long as a will met the execution requirements for a valid will in the state where the will was executed, then that out of state will be accepted. As a general rule, I used to tell people however that it never hurt to have a lawyer in a new state review the Will should they relocate, as state laws can vary. Additionally, whether you move or not, it is a good idea to review a copy of your Will every few years just to see whether you want to make any changes to the document itself.
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