If you’re in the process of moving – especially to a new state – you’ve got a lot on your plate. Packing up your old place, making arrangements for your new place, settling into a new job…the list goes on and on. So, do you need to add making a new will to your ever-growing to-do list? You may not need an entirely new will, but it’s important that you have your existing will reviewed by an estate planning attorney in your new state. Why? Because the laws that control estate planning are state law, and different states can have their own, sometimes quirky, requirements. Some states restrict things like who’s allowed to serve as your executor, and all states have specific rules about what it takes for a will to be properly signed and witnessed. An estate planning attorney familiar with the laws of your new state will be able to take a look at your will and let you know whether it meets all the legal requirements. And, if there’s something amiss, he or she can help you fix it. Any time you move, it’s a good time to review your estate plan – not only to make sure that all technical legal requirements are met, but also to make sure that your plan has kept pace with your life. Your family may have gone through changes since your plan was initially established, and certain changes need to be reflected in your will and your other estate planning documents. For example, if you have a Revocable Living Trust and you’ve bought a new house as part of your move, you’ll want to check with your estate planning attorney about funding your new home into your trust. So, in the midst of the unpacking and settling in, make time to review your estate plan, and check your will to make sure it’s valid in your new state.