What is the name of your state? Washington. I am a paralegal and I have a client who is the sole heir of his now deceased father's will. Unfortunately, he cannot "prove" the will because it was done in 1955 without a Notary Public or sworn affidavit of the witnesses, and the attorney and witnesses are all deceased. He was advised by the court commissioner he appeared before that he needs to "initiate" the will, but I am not familiar with that document. My understanding is that this is not a unique situation since old wills with deceased witnesses, etc. are pretty common. I am also consulting with another location for assistance. I hope you can assist me as soon as possible. Thank you!!!