What is a Self-Proved Nevada Will

A witness to a Nevada Last Will and Testament may sign a declaration or affidavit to self-prove the Will. This helps the probate process since the court can accept the facts in the declaration or affidavit as though the witness actually appeared before the court to give such evidence. It becomes a useful tool in probate, especially if the witnesses predecease or cannot be found. The self-prove affidavit forms for Nevada can be found in this provision:
NRS 133.050 Attesting witnesses may sign self-proving declarations or affidavits to be attached to will. 1. Any attesting witness to a will may sign a declaration under penalty of perjury or an affidavit before any person authorized to administer oaths in or out of the State, stating such facts as the witness would be required to testify to in court to prove the will. The declaration or affidavit must be written on the will or, if that is impracticable, on some paper attached thereto. The sworn statement of any witness so taken must be accepted by the court as if it had been taken before the court. 2. The affidavit described in subsection 1 may be in substantially the following form: State of Nevada } }ss. County of…………………………………….. } (Date)…………………………………………………… Then and there personally appeared ……………. and …………….., who, being duly sworn, depose and say: That they witnessed the execution of the foregoing will of the testator, …………….; that the testator subscribed the will and declared it to be his or her last will and testament in their presence; that they thereafter subscribed the will as witnesses in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other and at the request of the testator; and that the testator at the time of the execution of the will appeared to them to be of full age and of sound mind and memory. ……………………………………………………………. Affiant ……………………………………………………………. Affiant Subscribed and sworn to before me this …… day of the month of …… of the year …… ……………………………………………………………………. Notary Public 3. The declaration described in subsection 1 may be in substantially the following form: Under penalty of perjury pursuant to the law of the State of Nevada, the undersigned, ……………….. and ……………….., declare that the following is true of their own knowledge: That they witnessed the execution of the foregoing will of the testator, ……………………; that the testator subscribed the will and declared it to be his or her last will and testament in their presence; that they thereafter subscribed the will as witnesses in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other and at the request of the testator; and that the testator at the time of the execution of the will appeared to them to be of full age and of sound mind and memory. Dated this ……… day of ……………., ………… Declarant Declarant NRS 133.055 Signature affixed to self-proving affidavit or declaration that is attached to will considered signature affixed to will. A signature affixed to a self-proving affidavit or a self-proving declaration that is attached to a will and executed at the same time as the will is considered a signature affixed to the will if necessary to prove the execution of the will.

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