Arkansas Self-Proving Affidavit Form

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An Arkansas self-proving affidavit is a legal document that can be included in a testator’s last will and testament to prove the legitimacy of the will. Execution of this document may be requested by the testator, by one of the attesting witnesses, or, if the testator dies, by the executor of the will or another interested person. The affidavit must be signed by two (2) attesting witnesses in the presence of a notarial officer (there is no statutory requirement for the testator or executor to sign). After the document is notarized, the affidavit will serve as a witness testimony to the will and shall prove the validity of the will in court without the presence of the witnesses.

Last Will and Testament – States how an individual’s assets (e.g., personal property, cash, real estate) shall be distributed when they die.

Laws – § 28-25-106

Signatures – Two (2) witnesses and a notary public.

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), or OpenDocument

Step 2 – In the first two (2) spaces, one of the parties must enter the State and County where they are completing the Affidavit.

Step 3 – The next step requires each party to specify their names. Note that only the Witnesses and the Notary Public must be present when the Affidavit is executed. In the space following “I / We,” the Testator or Executor (if present) and both Witnesses must enter their Names. Using the next space, one of the parties must enter “Affidavit” to specify the Name of the Document.

Step 4 – The sets of fields located below the main paragraph must contain the parties’ signatures and the date signed. If the Testator or Executor is present, they must Sign and Date the Affidavit. The Witnesses must then provide their Signatures and the Date (all signatures must be given in the presence of the other parties and the Notary Public).

Step 5 – With the above steps completed, the Notary Public can fill out the “NOTARY ACKNOWLEDGMENT” area of the Affidavit. The Notary will need to enter the Date (Day, Month, Year) followed by the Names of the Testator or Executor (if present) and both Witnesses.

Step 6 – The Notary can complete the document by supplying their Signature, Printed Name, Commission Expiration Date, and Official Seal.