To get around the judicial process of verifying a will, the Florida legislature enacted Section 732.503 of the Florida Statutes within the Florida Probate Code. To produce a self-proving will, a testator must abide by the legal requirements to produce a valid will. In addition to signing a will in front of 2 neutral witnesses who also supply their signatures, a testator will self-prove his will in front of a notary using a statutory recognition form.
The testator’s objective witnesses need to swear that they experienced the testator sign his will, and the testator should 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 expedite the probate process normally required to verify their wills.