What is a self-proving affidavit?

A self-proving affidavit, used in most states, is a document that goes along with a will that allows a probate court to easily accept it as the true will of a person who has died. The affidavit is signed by two witnesses, under penalty of perjury, who observed the will maker (testator) sign the will and heard the will maker say that it was his/her will.

A self-proving affidavit makes it unnecessary for your witnesses to appear in court to affirm your will’s validity after your death. The affidavit can potentially save your beneficiaries and witnesses considerable inconvenience. It also gives your will an extra layer of authentication that can help your beneficiaries avoid a long and costly probate process.

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