2017 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 45 - Uniform Probate Code
Article 2 - Intestate Succession and Wills
Part 5 - WILLS
Section 45-2-504 - Self-proved will.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 45-2-504 (2017)

45-2-504. Self-proved will.

A. A will may be simultaneously executed, attested and made self-proved by acknowledgment thereof by the testator and affidavits of the witnesses, each made before an officer authorized to administer oaths under the laws of the state in which execution occurs and evidenced by the officer's certificate, under official seal, in substantially the following form:

"I, ________________________, the testator, sign my name to this instrument this ____________ day of ______________, and being first duly sworn, do hereby declare to the undersigned authority that I sign and execute this instrument as my 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 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, and being first duly sworn, do hereby declare to the undersigned authority that the testator signs and executes this instrument as his will and that he signs it willingly (or willingly directs another to sign for him), and that each of us, in the presence of the testator, and in the presence of each other hereby signs this will as witness to the testator's signing, and that to the best of our knowledge the testator is eighteen years of age or older, of sound mind and under no constraint or undue influence.

_____________________________________

Witness

_____________________________________

Witness

The State of ______________________

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 ______________.

(Seal)

Signed ______________________________

_____________________________________

(Official capacity of officer".

B. An attested will may be made self-proved at any time after its execution 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 in which the acknowledgment occurs and evidenced by the officer's certificate, under official seal, attached or annexed to the will in substantially the following form:

"The State of ______________________

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 the testator's will and that he 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 of the testator, and in the presence of each other signed the will as witness, and that to the best of our knowledge the testator was at that time eighteen 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 ____________ of ______________.

(Seal)

Signed ______________________________

_____________________________________

(Official capacity of officer".

C. A signature affixed to a self-proving affidavit attached to a will is considered a signature affixed to the will if necessary to prove the will's due execution. End Form

History: 1953 Comp., 32A-2-504, enacted by Laws 1975, ch. 257, 2-504; repealed and reenacted by Laws 1993, ch. 174, 27; 1995, ch. 210, 12.

45-2-504. Self-proved will. (Effective January 1, 2018.)

A. A will may be simultaneously executed, attested and made self-proved by acknowledgment thereof by the testator and affidavits or affirmations under penalty of perjury of the witnesses, each made before an officer authorized to administer oaths under the laws of the state in which execution occurs and evidenced by the officer's certificate, under official seal, in substantially the following form:

"I, ________, the testator, swear or affirm under penalty of perjury on this _______ day of ________, that I request ________ and ________ to act as witnesses to my will; that I declare to them and the undersigned authority that this document is my will; that I sign this will in the presence of both witnesses; that they sign the will as witnesses in my presence and in the presence of each other; that the will was read by me (or read and explained to me) after being prepared and before I sign it; that it clearly and accurately expresses my wishes; that I sign it willingly (or willingly directed another to sign for me); that I make and sign the will as my free and voluntary act for the purposes expressed in the will; that I am eighteen years of age or older; that I am mentally capable of disposing of my estate by will; and that I am not acting under duress, menace, fraud or undue influence of any person.

______________________________

Testator

We, __________ and __________, the witnesses, do hereby swear or affirm under penalty of perjury on this ___________ day of ___________________ to the undersigned authority that the testator, __________________, declares that the attached document is his or her will; that the testator signs it willingly (or willingly directs another to sign for him or her); that the testator signs it in the presence of both of us and requests both of us to sign as witnesses; that each of us, in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other, signs this will as witness to the testator's signing; that so far as we can determine, the testator is eighteen years of age or older; that the testator is not acting under duress, menace, fraud or undue influence of any person; and that the testator, in our opinion, is mentally capable of disposing of his or her estate by will.

______________________________

Witness

______________________________

Witness

State of ______________

County of ________________

Subscribed and sworn to, or affirmed under penalty of perjury, and acknowledged before me by ____________, the testator, and subscribed and sworn to, or affirmed under penalty of perjury, before me by __________ and __________, witnesses, this __________ day of __________.

(Seal)

(Signed) ______________________________

______________________________________

(Official capacity of officer)".

B. An attested will may be made self-proved at any time after its execution by the acknowledgment thereof by the testator and the affidavits or affirmation under penalty of perjury of the witnesses, each made before an officer authorized to administer oaths under the laws of the state in which the acknowledgment occurs and evidenced by the officer's certificate, under official seal, attached or annexed to the will in substantially the following form:

"I, __________________, the testator, swear or affirm under penalty of perjury on this _____________ day of ____________ that I requested ______________ and ____________ to act as witnesses to my will; that I declared to them and the undersigned authority that this document is my will; that I signed this will in the presence of both witnesses; that they signed the will as witnesses in my presence and in the presence of each other; that the will was read by me (or read and explained to me) after being prepared and before I signed it; that it clearly and accurately expresses my wishes; that I signed it willingly (or willingly directed another to sign for me); that I made and signed the will as my free and voluntary act for the purposes expressed in the will; that I am eighteen years of age or older; that I am mentally capable of disposing of my estate by will; and that I am not acting under duress, menace, fraud or undue influence of any person.

______________________________

Testator

We, ________________________ and ______________________, witnesses, do hereby swear or affirm under penalty of perjury on this ___________________ day of __________________ that the testator, ________________, declared the attached document to be his or her will; that the testator signed it willingly (or willingly directed another to sign for the testator); that the testator signed it in the presence of both of us and requested both of us to sign as witnesses; that each of us, in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other, signed this will as witness to the testator's signing; that so far as we could determine, the testator is eighteen years of age or older; that the testator was not acting under duress, menace, fraud or undue influence of any person; and that the testator, in our opinion, was mentally capable of disposing of the testator's estate by will.

______________________________

Witness

______________________________

Witness

State of __________________________

County of ________________________

Subscribed and sworn to, or affirmed under penalty of perjury, and acknowledged before me by ___________, the testator, and subscribed and sworn to, or affirmed under penalty of perjury, before me by ___________ and ___________, witnesses, this ___________ of ___________.

(Seal)

(Signed) ______________________________

______________________________________

(Official capacity of officer)".

C. A signature affixed to a self-proving affidavit attached to a will is considered a signature affixed to the will if necessary to prove the will's due execution.

History: 1953 Comp., 32A-2-504, enacted by Laws 1975, ch. 257, 2-504; repealed and reenacted by Laws 1993, ch. 174, 27; 1995, ch. 210, 12; 2017, ch. 41, 15.

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