Re: Taking your will across state lines
Our wills and trusts were written in Illinois. We moved to Utah and executed one of the wills and a trust while in Utah. It made no difference that we were in Utah. However, when I remarried, we redid everything in Utah just to "make sure" every thing was Ok in this state.
It all depends on how the estate documents are written. Most can be written in a generic manner and should be fine state to state. It seems to be the little twists and turns people try to put into a will that can be a problem going from state to state. We had (have) Pour Over Wills so they are very short and to the point with no allocation of assets or special treatment of heirs so very simple wills of this type should be fine. If you have wills that are more complex, please see an estate lawyer to make sure. You don't want to find out it is flawed when you actually use it.
BTW, even with wills and trusts, my late wife's estate had to go through probate...twice. The most recent was due to a title wording error with some property we owned jointly. Despite changes to the title after her death, a very minor but significant error was seen on the title,(that my lawyer missed!) when I tried to sell the property. I had to take it to a probate court to fix it.
Work? I don't have time to work....I'm retired.