To get around the judicial process of verifying 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 must adhere to the legal requirements to create a valid 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 utilizing a statutory recognition form.
The testator’s objective witnesses must swear that they experienced the testator sign his will, and the testator must swear that his witnesses signed his will in front of him. The testator, the notary and the testator’s witnesses offer these affirmations under oath.
By producing self-proving wills, testators can help accelerate the probate procedure typically needed to authenticate their wills.