Self-Proving an Idaho Last Will and Testament

The state of Idaho allows testators to authenticate the Will’s execution by having it self-proved. The testator and attesting witnesses need to sign the requisite affidavits. Once self-proved, witnesses to the Will are not required to give testimony in order for the Idaho Will to be probated.
The affidavit forms are contained in part 5, chapter 2, title 15 uniform probate code:
15-2-504.SELF-PROVED WILL. (1) Any will may be simultaneously executed, attested, and made self-proved, by the acknowledgment thereof by the testator and the affidavits of the witnesses, each made before an officer authorized to administer oaths under the laws of the state where execution occurs and evidenced by the officer’s certificate, under official seal, in form and content substantially as follows: I,………………………………………, the testator, sign my name to this instrument this ………… day of …………………………., 20……., and being first 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 eighteen (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, being first duly sworn, and do hereby declare to the undersigned authority that the testator signs and executes this instrument as his last will and that he 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 his knowledge the testator is eighteen (18) years of age or older, of sound mind, and under no constraint or undue influence. …………………………………. Witness …………………………………. Witness The State of Idaho 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 …………………., 20….. (Seal) (Signed) ……………………………. ………………………………………… (Official capacity of officer) (2) An attested will 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 to administer oaths under the laws of the state where the acknowledgment occurs and evidenced by the officer’s certificate, under the official seal, attached or annexed to the will in form and content substantially as follows: The State of Idaho County of ………………………. We, ………………………………………………….., …………………………………………………….., and …………………………………………….., the testator and the witnesses, respectively, whose names are signed to the attached or foregoing instrument, being first duly sworn do hereby declare to the undersigned authority that the testator signed and executed the instrument as his last will and that he had signed willingly (or willingly directed another to sign for him), and that he executed it as his 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 eighteen (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 …………………………, 20……… (Seal) (Signed) ………………………………………. ………………………………………… (Official capacity of officer) (3) A will may be executed, and made self-proved, in compliance with sections 51-109, 55-712A or 55-712B, Idaho Code, and attested as set forth in subsections (1) and (2) of this section.

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