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The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Owner, Shannon Pawley, Addresses A Commonly Overlooked Issue Of Moving To A New State With An Old Will.

The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Owner, Shannon Pawley, encourages anyone moving to a new state to schedule a review of their Last Will and Testament with an attorney in their new state of residency.

Pawley Shannon business card photoDECATUR, GA, April 7, 2023: Shannon Pawley, Owner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on the law firm’s website entitled “Is Your Old Will Valid In A New State Of Residence,” in which Ms. Pawley strongly encourages a review of any will when relocating to a new state.

“This time of year,” Pawley writes, “people start moving.” She continues, “Whether relocating within the same neighborhood, town, a new town in the same state, or a completely different state. Roughly 40 million people move from one location to another within the United States each year primarily between April and September.”

Pawley states, “I’m often asked by clients who are considering a move to another state if their Last Will & Testament will be legal in their new state of residence. And the answer typically is yes if it’s a will properly executed according to the rules of the state of Georgia. However,” she points out, “the requirements for a will to be deemed valid and the rules surrounding the interpretation of a will are governed by state law and the laws differ from state to state. It also depends on the reason for your move to a new state. Some people move for tax purposes which I will address.”

According to Pawley, “If your last will and testament has recently been updated to reflect any major life events such as change in marital status, deaths, and births, you’ll still want to schedule a review with an experienced trust and estate attorney in your new state to make sure all the nuances of that state are addressed. For instance,” she writes, “in some states, your personal representative must be a resident of the state in which you reside. That’s just one example and there are so many more. I won’t be able to include them all, so please, if you are relocating to a new state, find a reputable trust and estate attorney to review your will so there will be no unpleasant surprises.”

Pawley goes on to address relocating for tax purposes as well as Holographic, or handwritten wills as well as video wills.

The entire article about the importance of a last will and testament in a new state can be read HERE.

About The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm

The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring citizens. The Firm focuses its entire practice on providing strategies to protect independence, privacy, assets and taxes from the government. Shannon Pawley has grown her law practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.

About Shannon M. Pawley, J.D., LL.M

As the owner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, Shannon M. Pawley and her entire team share a passion which focuses on being able to serve the legal needs of retiring individuals. In our firm, WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability. We also believe that privacy and protection are the keys to personal peace. Born and raised in the Tidewater area of Virginia to a tightknit family with strong military service roots, Shannon learned from an early age the value of hard work and the importance of social awareness to ensure you always leave a situation in a better place than how you entered it. In her junior year of high school, Shannon served as U.S. House of Representatives Page during the 101st United States Congressional Session in Washington, D.C. This experience exposed her to numerous new cultures and worldly issues. Walking away from her experience as a U.S. House of Representative Page, Shannon knew that she wanted to pursue legal studies and be able to assist others in obtaining the best results available in difficult situations.

Shannon earned her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Wesleyan College and pursued a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. After obtaining her law degree and becoming a licensed attorney in Michigan, she continued her educational pursuit by acquiring a LL.M. (Master of Law) in Taxation from Wayne State University. After moving to Georgia in 2018, Shannon obtained her Georgia law license and has enjoyed being able to pursue her desire of ensuring persons are able to age with dignity, grace and independence.



Looking to find an experienced estate lawyer in the Georgia area who is skilled in asset protection and estate plan preparation? Shannon Pawley is an attorney in Georgia with expertise in estate planning and asset protection. Shannon can provide assistance with creating an estate plan to include making a will and how to establish a trust properly. If you have questions about asset protection or questions about making an estate plan, reach out to Shannon and she will be glad to help answer all the estate planning questions you might have!

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