Rhode Island Self-Proving Affidavit Form

Rhode Island self-proving affidavit forms are sworn statements that may be attached to an individual’s Will so that the attesting witness(es) will not need to testify in court during the probate process. State law allows one (1) or both witnesses to sign a self-proving affidavit, however, if one (1) witness does not sign, they may still be asked to give testimony if the Will is contested. Such an affidavit can be made before or after the death of the Settlor (the individual whose Will is being attested) and must be made before a notarial officer who is authorized to administer oaths.

Last Will and Testament – Using this document, an individual (the Settlor) can leave instructions regarding how their property should be distributed at death.

Laws – § 33-7-26

Signing Requirements – One (1) or more Witnesses and a Notary Public

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDFMicrosoft Word (.docx) or Open Document Text (.odt).

Step 2 – Enter the location in which the document is being drafted. Next, in the paragraph below, provide the name(s) of the individuals who are making a sworn statement and the name of the instrument (the Will). This document can be signed and sworn by the Settlor and one (1) or both Witnesses.

Step 3 – All of the individuals making the sworn statement must sign their name and put the Date next to their signature.

Step 4 – Once the affidavit has been signed by the Settlor and/or Witness(es), a Notary Public must fill out the “Notary Acknowledgment” portion of the form. They must provide the date, the name of the Signatory, their commision expiration date, their signature, and their printed name. If the Notary has an official stamp or seal, they should affix it as well (not a State requirement).

Step 5 – Once the affidavit has been completed, it can be attached to the Last Will and Testament.


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