Your trust should be fine. The issue is making sure that it is fully funded. If you hold any property in your individual name without a beneficiary probate will be necessary. If you intend to have your trust managed after you death by a trustee in Texas, it might be advisable to restate the trust and incorporate Texas law as you trust undoubtedly states that it is governed by California law. A Texas court can still deal with it, it just makes it harder for the court if there are issues.
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No, it does not need to be redone. Estate planning documents are not invalidated by a subsequent change in residence. However, estate planning is a process rather than an event. When major life changes occur, it is wise to review your estate plan in order to determine whether any changes should be made. Particularly depending on the reason for moving (e.g. grandchildren, great new job, retirement, marriage) it may be important to update your plan.
As an aside, don't take legal advice from doctors.
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I agree with my colleagues. This is something that you should review with an estate planning lawyer. It is very likely that your trust is fine, but there may be a difference in the laws of Texas which would give you an advantage. You also want to make sure that your POA forms are reviewed as well.
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Perhaps you should hire a lawyer in Texas to give you legal advice about this. You might even ask your doctor for a referral, why not?
consider the alternative that once you pass you won't be able to fix it.
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