Moving Overseas? Dealing with Legal Stuff

Moving Overseas? Dealing with Legal Stuff

Before you move to another country, you may want to meet with an attorney and get all of your legal affairs in order. If you aren’t sure what we mean, don’t worry – we’re going to fill you in! Keep these things in mind as you plan your international relocation.

Your Will

Before you move abroad, double-check that your will is up to date. You may even want to draw up a second will in your new country so that you are covered, as the laws on inheritance may differ than what you are used to here in the U.S. You’ll definitely need a will in your new country if you decide to buy property there.

Power of Attorney

If you give your lawyer a limited power of attorney, he or she can handle your personal and financial affairs while you are living abroad. That means you can move internationally without having to worry too much.


Before you move, it is a good idea to clarify your citizenship status. Remember, not all countries view citizenship in the same way. If you have children, you will definitely need to be aware of citizenship laws and regulations before you relocate.

Elections and Voting

If you are moving abroad for a temporary period, it is highly advisable that you apply for absentee ballots. This way you will be able to participate in elections even though you’ve moved away for a period of time. Take care of this before you depart for your new country.

Jon Huser