Producing a Self-Proving Will in Florida
To get around the judicial procedure of validating a will, the Florida legislature enacted Area 732.503 of the Florida Statutes within the Florida Probate Code. To produce a self-proving will, a testator needs to comply with the legal requirements to develop a legitimate will. In addition to signing a will in front of 2 unbiased witnesses who likewise supply their signatures, a testator will self-prove his will in front of a notary utilizing a statutory acknowledgement form.
The testator’s unbiased witnesses must swear that they saw the testator sign his will, and the testator needs to swear that his witnesses signed his will in front of him. The testator, the notary and the testator’s witnesses provide these affirmations under oath.
By developing self-proving wills, testators can help speed up the probate process normally needed to validate their wills.