To navigate the judicial process of confirming a will, the Florida legislature enacted Area 732.503 of the Florida Statutes within the Florida Probate Code. To develop a self-proving will, a testator should abide by the legal requirements to produce a valid will. In addition to signing a will in front of two neutral witnesses who also offer their signatures, a testator will self-prove his will in front of a notary using a statutory acknowledgement form.
The testator’s unbiased witnesses need to 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 supply these affirmations under oath.
By developing self-proving wills, testators can help accelerate the probate process typically needed to confirm their wills.