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

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A self-proving affidavit is used to acknowledge that a Will or Codicil was created under the testator’s own free will. The affidavit also includes language that verifies, under oath, 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

To provide an extra layer of security, after the testator’s death, to ensure that if the Last Will is questioned by a family member or third (3rd) party the affidavit provides proof that it was signed in accordance with State law.

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By State

*Not permitted under State law.

How to Make a Self-Proving Affidavit (3 steps)

The affidavit is attached to a Will or Codicil to make known that both witnesses signing were present at the time the testator executed the document and in front of a notary public.

Step 1 – Gather Two (2) Disinterested Witnesses

The testator will need to gather two (2) disinterested witnesses meaning that they are individuals that are not named in the Will. The witnesses must be over the age of eighteen (18) years.

Step 2 – Schedule to Meet with a 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

The testator will be required to bring the Will or Codicil, the Self-Proving Affidavit, and the two (2) 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 (2) witnesses and a notary public. § 43-8-132
 Alaska Two (2) witnesses and a notary public § 13.12.504
 Arizona Two (2) witnesses and a notary public § 14-2504
 Arkansas Two (2) witnesses and a notary public

§ 28-25-106

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

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1 – Set Up The Paperwork

In order to implement this document, you will need the paperwork it refers to, the Signature Party implementing that paperwork, the Witnesses who are providing the testimony in the affidavit, and Notary Public. Once all these parties and paperwork is accounted for, the form available on this page may be utilized (open or download by clicking the buttons on the right).

2 – Supply The Location Where This Form Is Implemented

The first two blank lines in the upper left-hand corner will need two pieces of information. Enter the State and County where this form is being signed on the blank lines labeled “State of” and “County of” (respectively).

3 – Provide The Identity Of The Verifying Witnesses

The main paragraph in this form will provide the language required for this document’s purpose. Enter the Name of each Witness on the first blank line of this paragraph

4 – Identify The Paperwork This Instrument Refers To

Since this Affidavit will refer to a specific document implemented by the Signature Party executing it, you will need to enter the Title of the document (Living Will or Trust) being supported by this Affidavit. Enter the exact Title of the document this Affidavit will be attached to on the second blank line in this paragraph.

5 – Each Party Must Perform The Act Of Signing

Directly below this paragraph will be three Signature Lines with a blank line for the Signature Date. The first Signature Line must be signed by the individual who has executed the paperwork named in the above paragraph. He or she must sign the “Individual’s Signature” line then provide the Date of Signature on the second blank line. 

The next two Signature Lines are for the use of the two Witnesses named in the paragraph above. Each Witness must sign a unique “Witness Signature” line then enter the Signature Date on the corresponding “Date” line.

6 – The Notary Public Must Verify And Notarize This Signing

The Notary Public must supply several pieces of information before his or her credentials and notarization seal. He or she will provide the Date, and the Identity of the individuals appearing that day, then finalize the notarization process by providing some standard commission information and stamping this document. Once this is done you may attach this form to the document it should be applied to.