• Current through October 23, 2012

In a standard probate proceeding:

(1) Proof of due execution shall be made by affidavit of the witnesses as provided in paragraph (3) of this section unless the Court orders otherwise.

(2) After proof of due execution, the Court shall enter an order admitting the will to probate or determining that the decedent died intestate. At this time, the Court shall also appoint or reappoint one or more personal representatives, may order that the administration will be supervised as provided in section 20-402, and, if appropriate, revoke, modify, or confirm any action taken at any prior abbreviated probate, small estates or standard probate proceeding.

(3) Affidavits of due execution shall be in substantially the following form:

On this ... day of .......... 19..., .......... personally appeared and, under oath answered the following questions as follows:

1.  Were you one of the witnesses who signed the attached written document  

       which is dated ____________ and is said to be the last will and        

       testament of __________ of the District of Columbia who is now dead?  

       (Please initial appropriate box.)                                      

       ____ Yes ____ No                                                      


 2.  Did __________________ (the testator) sign the attached document while in

       your presence?                                                        

       ____ Yes ____ No                                                      


 3.  Did __________________________ (the testator) say the attached document 

       was to be a part                                                      

     of his will?                                                            

       ____ Yes ____ No                                                      


 4.  At the time he signed the attached document, did ____________________(the


     seem to you to be of sound mind and aware of what he was doing?          

       ____ Yes ____ No                                                      


 5.  Did _________________ (the testator) ask you to sign the attached        

       document as a witness?                                                

       ____ Yes ____ No                                                      


 6.  When you signed the attached document as a witness, were __________ (the


     and all of the other witnesses who signed the document present?          

       ____ Yes ____ No                                                      


 7.  Were you present when each of the other witnesses signed the attached    


       ____ Yes ____ No                                                      


 8.  Did ________________________ (the testator) ask the other people who    

       signed the attached                                                    

     document to do so as witnesses?                                          

       ____ Yes ____ No                                                      


 9.  Was _______________________ (the testator) present when each of the      

       witnesses signed the                                                  

     attached document?                                                      

       ____ Yes ____ No                                                      


10.  What is your date of birth? ____________________                        


11.  Do you know of any will or codicil of ____________________(the testator)

       other than the                                                        

     attached document?                                                      

       ____ Yes ____ No                                                      


(June 24, 1980, D.C. Law 3-72, § 101, 27 DCR 2155; Mar. 21, 1995, D.C. Law 10-241, § 3(o), 42 DCR 63; Apr. 9, 1997, D.C. Law 11-255, § 19(b), 44 DCR 1271.)


Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 20-324.

Legislative History of Laws

For legislative history of D.C. Law 3-72, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 20-301.

For legislative history of D.C. Law 10-241, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 20-304.

Law 11-255, the "Second Technical Amendments Act of 1996," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 11-905, which was referred to the Committee of the Whole. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on November 7, 1996, and December 3, 1996, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on December 24, 1996, it was assigned Act No. 11-519 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 11-255 became effective April 9, 1997.

Miscellaneous Notes

Application of Law 10-241: See Application of Law 10-241 and Emergency act amendment notes to § 20-304.