To get around the judicial procedure of verifying a will, the Florida legislature enacted Section 732.503 of the Florida Statutes within the Florida Probate Code. To develop a self-proving will, a testator must adhere to the legal requirements to develop a legitimate will. In addition to signing a will in front of 2 objective witnesses who likewise offer their signatures, a testator will self-prove his will in front of a notary using a statutory recognition form.
The testator’s impartial 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 provide these affirmations under oath.
By developing self-proving wills, testators can assist accelerate the probate process generally required to confirm their wills.