What Is a Self Proving Will?

There is a misconception that many people harbor when it comes to last wills. You may think that the executor that you name can distribute assets to the heirs right after you pass away, without any supervision. In fact, this is not the case. A will must be admitted to probate, and in New York, the Surrogate s Court supervises the administration of the estate. During this process, there is a proving of the will. The court examines the document to make sure that the will is in fact valid. The person who creates a last will is called the testator. In order for a will to be valid in New York, the testator must sign the document in the presence of two witnesses. The witnesses must also sign the will. A will could technically be valid even if it is not notarized, but the court would have to contact the witnesses to make sure that the will was executed under legally acceptable circumstances. However, things could be simplified if a self proving will is utilized. To make a will a self proving


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