To navigate the judicial process of validating 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 legitimate will. In addition to signing a will in front of two neutral witnesses who also provide 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 witnessed 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 creating self-proving wills, testators can help speed up the probate process usually required to validate their wills.