Self-Proving Your Pennsylvania Will

Pennsylvania allows testators to further authenticate their Last Will and Testament by having the document self-proved. This requires the testator and the witnesses to sign affidavits as to the due execution of the Will before an officer authorized to accept oaths.
A self-proved Pennsylvania Will may be admitted to probate without any further witness testimony (unless somebody contests the Will). This saves money, time and problems once the last Will is filed for probate.
The affidavit forms can be signed simultaneously with the Will’s execution. Alternatively, the forms may be used to self-prove an already existing Will.
Section 3132.1 of Title 20 decedents, estates and fiduciaries code provides the requirements and the contents of the necessary affidavit forms:

§ 3132.1. Self-proved wills.
(a) Proof.–Unless there is a contest with respect to the
validity of the will, or unless the will is signed by mark or by
another as provided in section 2502 (relating to form and
execution of a will), an affidavit of witness made in conformity
with this section shall be accepted by the register as proof of
the facts stated as if it had been made under oath before the
register at the time of probate.
(b) Acknowledgment and affidavits.–An attested will may at
the time of its execution or at any subsequent date 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 this
Commonwealth or under the laws of the state where execution
occurs, or made before an attorney at law and certified to such
an officer as provided in subsection (c) and evidenced, in
either case, by the officer’s certificate, under official seal,
attached or annexed to the will. A separate affidavit may be
used for each witness whose affidavit is not taken at the same
time as the testator’s acknowledgment. The acknowledgment and
affidavits shall in form and content be substantially as set
forth in the Uniform Probate Code or as follows:

Acknowledgment

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (or State of ____________)
County of ____________
I, ________________, the testator whose name is signed to the
attached or foregoing instrument, having been duly qualified
according to law, do hereby acknowledge that I signed and
executed the instrument as my Last Will; and that I signed it
willingly and as my free and voluntary act for the purposes
therein expressed.
Sworn to or affirmed and acknowledged before me
by ____________________________, the testator, this ______
day of _____________, 19____.
________________________________
(Testator)
________________________________
(Signature of officer or attorney)
(Seal and official capacity of
officer or state of admission of
attorney)

Affidavit

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (or State of ____________)
County of ____________
We (or I), ________________ and ________________, the
witness(es) whose name(s) are (is) signed to the attached or
foregoing instrument, being duly qualified according to law, do
depose and say that we were (I was) present and saw the testator
sign and execute the instrument as his Last Will; that the
testator signed willingly and executed it as his free and
voluntary act for the purposes therein expressed; that each
subscribing witness in the hearing and sight of the testator
signed the will as a witness; and that to the best of our (my)
knowledge the testator was at that time 18 or more years of age,
of sound mind and under no constraint or undue influence.
Sworn to or affirmed and subscribed to before me
by ________________ and ________________, witness(es), this
______ day of ______________, 19____.
________________________________
Witness
________________________________
Witness
________________________________
________________________________
(Signature of officer or attorney)
(Seal and official capacity of
officer or state of admission of
attorney)
(c) Acknowledgment and affidavit taken before an attorney at
law.–The acknowledgment of the testator and the affidavit of a
witness required by subsection (b) may be made before a member
of the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania or of the
highest court of the state in which execution of the will occurs
who certifies to an officer authorized to administer oaths that
the acknowledgment and affidavit was made before him. In such
case, in addition to the acknowledgment and affidavit required
by subsection (b), the attorney’s certification shall be
evidenced by the officer before whom it was made substantially
as follows:

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (or State of ____________)
County of ____________
On this, the ________________ day of _______________, 19____,
before me _________________, the undersigned officer, personally
appeared ________________, known to me or satisfactorily proven
to be a member of the bar of the highest court of (Pennsylvania
or the state in which execution of the will took place), and
certified that he was personally present when the foregoing
acknowledgment and affidavit were signed by the testator and
witnesses.
In witness whereof, I hereunto set my hand and official seal.
_____________________________
(Signature, seal and official
capacity of officer)
(June 24, 1976, P.L.434, No.105, eff. 60 days; Feb. 18, 1982,
P.L.45, No.26, eff. imd.; Oct. 12, 1984, P.L.929, No.182, eff.
imd.)

1984 Amendment. Section 15 of Act 182 provided that Act 182
shall apply to the estates of all decedents dying on or after
the effective date of Act 182.

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