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Do I need to write a will?
« on: February 28, 2019, 02:42:05 PM »
Hi everyone,

So I am a US citizen married to a UK citizen. I got married last year and I've been reading a lot of articles that keep suggesting I establish a will. Apparently it's not really needed in the UK but essential in the US? I don't know a lot about this topic so any input is welcome.
Stateside folks- did you do it through a lawyer or via your state registry? Just curious, thanks!
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Re: Do I need to write a will?
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2019, 03:14:06 PM »
Everyone should have a will!  Simple as.   :)

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Re: Do I need to write a will?
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2019, 12:04:28 AM »
Everyone should have a will!  Simple as.   :)

Fully agree.

We had one when we lived in the USA and wrote a replacement once we had moved back to the UK.
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Re: Do I need to write a will?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2019, 09:25:30 AM »
If you have no possessions or savings, you don't need a will. If you want to leave directions on who gets what, you need a will.

Be aware that in different states (in the USA) your options may vary as to what you can do with your estate. There's also living trusts ( I don't know the  UK tax implications for a UK citizen) that in some states would allow you to put your home into the trust, so that when you pass away it simply becomes administered by the next trustee - aka, your spouse, whomever, who can then live in/manage the home without any sort of probate, etc.  You'll want to check state law and maybe talk to someone about estate planning in the state in which you reside, I'd think?

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