What is a Self-Proving Affidavit?

by Rania Combs on April 26, 2010

A self-proving affidavit is a document that accompanies a Will. In the case of an attested Will, it is signed by the testator and those who witnessed the testator sign his Will.

The self-proving affidavit affirms that that the Will was properly signed by the testator in the presence of two witnesses, who observed the testator sign his Will and heard him say that it was his Last Will and Testament.

The benefit of a self-proving affidavit is that it eliminates the need for witnesses to appear in a probate proceeding to testify about the validity of a Will, which saves time and expense.

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