Last Will & Testament

This is the laws governing notaries of their duties and is not intended as legal advice. For additional information or for difficult situations, it may be advisable for you to seek the advice of a licensed attorney.

■ The Testator (person making his/her will) must be present and competent to execute the document.

■ The Testator and the 2 uninterested witnesses must produce valid appropriate identification to the notary public.

If you want your will notarized, you must have a jurat, or you must direct the notary to provide a jurat.  

The self proving process involves the Testator and 2 uninterested witnesses taking an oath and by signing the SELF-PROVING AFFIDAVIT.  The notary is responsible for administering the oath to the Testator and the 2 witnesses, and for completing the jurat.


If you do not have enough witnesses, you may request additional team members from our company to assist as witnesses.  The notary does not have the responsibility of furnishing the witnesses for the execution of a self proving will, or any other document, however, per special request, you may hire additional team members to satisfy the need. 


The notary is not responsible, nor required, to make the will self-proving but may add the affidavit and notarial certificate if requested by the Testator.  Also, the notary may not explain the purpose or effect of the self-proving process.