This blog has provided much content on the benefits of establishing residency or domicile in Florida. However, this post will focus on the actual procedure for establishing domicile in Florida, in order to obtain such benefits.
As a whole, to establish domicile in Florida, two requirements must be satisfied: (1) abandonment of your previous domicile (and moving to a Florida residence); and (2) intent to change domicile. The first requirement is straightforward as you simply move from your old state to a new residence in Florida. The second required is more complex, since there is no single item that can prove this intent. Rather, intent can be evidenced by specific factors or steps, many of which are described below.
- Filing a Declaration of Domicile and Citizenship form in Court in county of new residence;
- Register to vote in Florida;
- Sale or renting of home in previous state;
- Obtain Florida driver's license and register automobiles in Florida;
- File for Homestead;
- Use of Florida address to conduct business and personal correspondence;
- Update estate planning documents to be governed by Florida law;
- Transfer bank and other financial accounts to Florida;
- Join local religious or spiritual organizations; and
- Relocate personal possessions to new Florida residence.
It is important to note that the items on the aforementioned list are not mandatory, rather they are primary factors that help prove intent to establish Florida domicile, in the event such residency ever comes into question. Furthermore, please do not hesitate to contact Morris Law Group should you have any questions about establishing domicile in Florida.