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Ely, Counselor at Law
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Hi, Im a Swedish citizen, resident in Alabama and married

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I'm a Swedish citizen, resident in Alabama and married to a US citizen. We have a will established in Sweden and my question is whether this is valid in the US (Alabama). We get different answers from lawyers we have contacted, but I guess most of them would like the business. For us it feels unnecessary to pay that extra money here.
Hello friend. My name is XXXXX XXXXX welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: (1) this is general information only, not legal advice, and, (2) there may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies.

Provided that the Last Will and Testament meets the following requirements, it would be seen as valid:

1) The testator (writer) was at least 18 at the time of the writing;
2) The testator was at that time of sound mind (capable of reasoning and making decisions);
3) The Will and signed by the testator; and
4) There are at least TWO witnesses that have signed with the testator.

Alabama Code § 43-8-130 et seq.

If the Will meets these requirements, then it would likely be seen as VALID.

Now, it may not be in English. If so, then it is still valid provided that a certified translation into English is filed along with the Swedish version at the time of probate.

Now, if you anticipate a lot of arguing over the estate, it is best to create a Will in Alabama that overrides the Swedish will, only if to ensure that the Swedish will cannot be "attacked" as invalid for being foreign, or perhaps not having a notary (if it does not), etc, which does not necessarily invalidate it, but can give extra ammunition to someone challenging the will.

I hope this helps and clarifies.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

good. We also signed a post-nuptial agreement in Sweden. Is that equally likely to be valid?

Thank you for your follow up.

We also signed a post-nuptial agreement in Sweden. Is that equally likely to be valid?

Post nuptial agreements in Alabama are valid under Ala. Code 1975, §§30-4-9 and §§43-8-72, as well as held up in Ruzic v. Ruzic, 549 So.2d 72 (Ala. 1989).

The law only requires the parties to ENTER INTO A WRITTEN CONTRACT in regards XXXXX XXXXX of property and that each party signs. It may be in another language, technically. So this would be valid as well.

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