Definition: Foreign Will

A foreign will is a last will and testament that was executed in another state or in another country. Such a will is valid in the State of Washington if it meets these minimum requirements. Or if the will was executed “in the mode prescribed by the law of the place where executed or of the testator’s domicile, either at the time of the will’s execution or at the time of the testator’s death,”1 it is also valid.

Though a foreign will may be valid in Washington, there is the possibility that it may not do what the testator intends for it to do after death because of differences between Washington law and the laws of the state or country where the will was executed it.