New Hampshire Self-Proving Affidavit Form

The New Hampshire self-proving affidavit form is simply a sworn acknowledgement attached to a last will and testament attesting to its validity. The benefit of a self-proved will is that it allows the will to go through probate without the court requiring the witnesses (individual’s who observed the testator execute the document) to appear before them. Whereas many states require a separate affidavit signed by the testator and witnesses, New Hampshire law states that a sworn acknowledgement made by a notary public can be added below the signatures inscribed by the aforementioned parties in the actual will. Because there is no specific state-mandated form, the following acknowledgement must be provided below the signature of the testator and witnesses in order for a will to be considered “self-proved”:

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this ____ day of __________________, 20____, by __________________, the testator; __________________ and __________________ , the witnesses, who under oath do swear as follows:

  1. The testator signed the instrument as the testator’s will or expressly directed another to sign for the testator.

  2. This was the testator’s free and voluntary act for the purposes expressed in the will.

  3. Each witness signed at the request of the testator, in the testator’s presence, and in the presence of the other witness.

  4. To the best of my knowledge, at he time of the signing the testator was at least 18 years of age, or if under 19 years was a married person, and was of sane mind and under no constraint or undue influence.

    Notary Signature __________________

    Official Capacity of Officer __________________

    (Seal)

Last Will and Testament – A document containing an individual’s instructions regarding the distribution of property after death.

Laws§ 551:2-a

Signing Requirements – Notary Public


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