Self-Proving Affidavit Form | Attach to a Will or Codicil

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Updated January 23, 2023

A self-proving affidavit is used to confirm that a will or codicil was created of the testator’s own free will. The affidavit also includes language that verifies, under oath, that the witnesses viewed the testator signing the will or codicil in their presence. After creation, the self-proving affidavit should be attached and made part of the document.

Main Purpose

A self-proving affidavit’s main purpose is to confirm a last will was signed in accordance with state law. This is in case a third party questions the validity of the last will.

By State

*Not permitted under state law.

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Is a Will Valid Without a Self-Proving Affidavit?

Yes — a will is considered valid as long as it is created in accordance with state laws and signed in the presence of two witnesses who are not a part of the will.

While a self-proving affidavit is not required by law, it is highly recommended to expedite the probate process.

How to Make a Self-Proving Affidavit

Step 1 – Gather Two Disinterested Witnesses

woman speaking to two individuals over coffee

The testator will need to gather two disinterested witnesses meaning that they are individuals that are not named in the will. The witnesses must be over the age of 18.

Step 2 – Meet with a Notary Public

woman on phone scheduling appointment with notary public

The testator will need to make arrangements to make a time with a notary public with the witnesses.

It’s recommended to use any of the following:

Step 3 – Sign the Affidavit

woman reviewing paperwork with notary public agent

The testator will be required to bring the will or codicil, the self-proving affidavit, and the two disinterested witnesses to the notary. Once notarized, the affidavit will be attached to the will or codicil and is made part of the document.

Signing Requirements

Signing Requirements Statutes
 Alabama Two witnesses and a notary public. § 43-8-132
 Alaska Two witnesses and a notary public § 13.12.504
 Arizona Two witnesses and a notary public § 14-2504
 Arkansas Two witnesses and a notary public

§ 28-25-106

 California One witness § 8220
 Colorado Two witnesses and a notary public § 15-11-504
 Connecticut One or more witnesses and a notary public § 45a-285
 Delaware Two witnesses and a notary public § 12-13-1305
 Florida Two witnesses and a notary public § 732.503
 Georgia Two witnesses and a notary public § 53-4-24
 Hawaii Two witnesses and a notary public § 560:2-504
 Idaho Two witnesses and a notary public § 15-2-504
 Illinois Two witnesses § 755-5-6-4
 Indiana Separate affidavit not required. § 29-1-5-3.1
 Iowa Two witnesses and a notary public § 633.279(2)
 Kansas Two witnesses and a notary public § 59-606
 Kentucky Two witnesses and a notary public § 394.225
 Louisiana Not permitted. No statute.
 Maine Two witnesses and a notary public § 2-503
 Maryland Not permitted. No statute.
 Massachusetts Two witnesses and a notary public § 2-504
 Michigan Two witnesses and a notary public § 700.2504
 Minnesota Two witnesses and a notary public § 524.2-504
 Mississippi At least one witness and a notary public § 91-7-7
 Missouri Two witnesses and a notary public § 474.337
 Montana Two witnesses and a notary public § 72-2-524
 Nebraska Two witnesses and a notary public § 30-2329
 Nevada Two witnesses and a notary public § 133-050 and § 133-055
 New Hampshire Separate affidavit not required. § 551-2-a
 New Jersey Two witnesses and a notary public § 3B:3-4
 New Mexico Two witnesses and a notary public § 45-2-504
 New York Two or more witnesses and a notary public § 1406
 North Carolina Two witnesses and a notary public § 31-11.6
 North Dakota Two witnesses and a notary public § 30.1-08-04
 Ohio Not permitted. No statute.
 Oklahoma Two witnesses and a notary public § 84-55(5)
 Oregon One or more witnesses and a notary public § 113.055
 Pennsylvania Two witnesses and a notary public § 3132.1
 Rhode Island One or more witnesses and a notary public § 33-7-26
 South Carolina One or more witnesses and a notary public § 62-2-503
 South Dakota Two witnesses and a notary public § 29A-2-504
 Tennessee One or more witnesses and a notary public § 32-2-110
 Texas Two witnesses and a notary public § 251-104
 Utah Two witnesses and a notary public § 75-2-504
 Vermont Two witnesses and a notary public § 14-3-108
 Virginia Two witnesses and a notary public § 64.2-452
 Washington Two or more witnesses and a notary public § 11.20.020
West Virginia One or more witnesses and a notary public § 41-5-15
 Wisconsin Two witnesses and a notary public § 853-04
 Wyoming Two witnesses and a notary public § 2-6-114