Self-Proving a New Jersey Will

Self-Proving your Will is highly recommended. This requires you and your witnesses to sign affidavits before an authorized officer. The affidavits confirm that your New Jersey Last Will was signed and witnessed properly.
The affidavit forms should be signed simultaneously with your Will. However, if you have already signed your Will, an alternative form is available for self-proving an already executed Will. Both forms can be found in title 3B of the New Jersey Code:
3B:3-4 Making will self-proved at time of execution. 3B:3-4. Any will executed on or after September 1, 1978 may be simultaneously executed, attested, and made self-proved, by acknowledgment thereof by the testator and affidavits of the witnesses, each made before an officer authorized pursuant to R.S.46:14-6.1 to take acknowledgments and proofs of instruments entitled to be recorded under the laws of this State, in substantially the following form: I, ………., the testator, sign my name to this instrument this …. day of ……., 20…, and being duly sworn, do hereby declare to the undersigned authority that I sign and execute this instrument as my last will and that I sign it willingly (or willingly direct another to sign for me), that I execute it as my free and voluntary act for the purposes therein expressed, and that I am 18 years of age or older, of sound mind, and under no constraint or undue influence. ………………………………….. Testator We,…………., the witnesses, sign our names to this instrument, and, being duly sworn, do hereby declare to the undersigned authority that the testator signs and executes this instrument as the testator’s last will and that the testator signs it willingly (or willingly directs another to sign for him), and that each of us, in the presence and hearing of the testator, hereby signs this will as witness to the testator’s signing, and that to the best of our knowledge the testator is 18 years of age or older, of sound mind, and under no constraint or undue influence. …………………………………. Witness …………………………………. Witness The State of……………. County of………………. Subscribed, sworn to and acknowledged before me by ……………., the testator and subscribed and sworn to before me by ………… and …………., witnesses, this …………. day of…………….. (Signed)……………………….. ………………………….. (Official capacity of officer) 3B:3-5 Making will self-proved subsequent to time of execution. 3B:3-5. A will executed in compliance with N.J.S.3B:3-2 may at any time subsequent to its execution be made self-proved by the acknowledgment thereof by the testator and the affidavits of the witnesses, each made before an officer authorized pursuant to R.S.46:14-6.1 to take acknowledgments and proofs of instruments entitled to be recorded under the laws of this State, attached or annexed to the will in substantially the following form: The State of County of We, , and , the testator and the witnesses, respectively, whose names are signed to the attached or foregoing instrument, being duly sworn, do hereby declare to the undersigned authority that the testator signed and executed the instrument as his last will and that the testator had signed willingly (or willingly directed another to sign for the testator), and that he executed it as the testator’s free and voluntary act for the purposes therein expressed, and that each of the witnesses, in the presence and hearing of the testator, signed the will as witness and that to the best of his knowledge the testator was at that time 18 years of age or older, of sound mind and under no constraint or undue influence. Testator Witness Witness Subscribed, sworn to and acknowledged before me by , the testator, and subscribed and sworn to before me by and , witnesses, this day of . (Signed) (Official capacity of officer)

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