After people in Texas retire, they find that they have a great deal more flexibility in their life -- including where they choose to live. Rather than starting over completely new, some people opt to become so-called "snowbirds." Snowbirds are people who divide their time between two or more locations, often in an effort to avoid extreme weather. While a satisfying arrangement for many, it can create additional complications for estate planning.
People who live in multiple locations often own property in different states. In some cases, they may have bank accounts and vehicles registered in different states. Regardless of their presence, however, one location is considered their legal residence. Which state is considered a legal residence may have an impact on a person's estate.