What Happens After You Die and You Own Property In More Than One State?

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Like a lot of Americans, you may live in one state and own real estate or tangible personal property in a second state. If you don’t have proper estate planning completed, the intestacy laws of two different states will determine who will inherit your property; and the end result may well be two different sets of beneficiaries. And what about property owned in three different states? Three different intestacy laws will apply and you’ll possibly end up with three different sets of beneficiaries.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the average cost of one probate is approximately 7% of the value of the total estate.  For example, let’s assume I live in Arizona and own my home in Arizona; own a beach house in California; and own lake front property in Michigan.  These three properties would cause three separate probates. And what about the costs involved? Each probate would have its own cost. These probate fees would be taken out of the total estate before distribution to any of the beneficiaries.
The only way to insure that your property will go to the beneficiaries of your choice, when you want them to receive your property, and in the way that you want them to receive it with the least possible delay and expense, is to create a proper estate plan.
Tucson Estate Planning Attorney Wendy HarnContributed by MHK Tucson Estate Planning Attorney Wendy W. Harn.
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