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Updated July 02, 2022

An affidavit is used for a person (affiant) to make a sworn statement about true and correct facts. The sworn statement is recommended to be notarized and, if any of the facts are untruthful, the affiant could be liable for perjury.

By Type (14)


Affidavit of Correction – Used to correct an error on a government record/document, such as a vehicle’s title certificate.

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Affidavit for Court – For use in a legal case to provide written testimony.

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Affidavit of Domestic Partnership – Used to prove a relationship of an unmarried couple, typically requiring the couple to have lived together for at least 6 months. This affidavit is often used when a couple applies for health insurance together.

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Affidavit of Domicile – If given the right, this form is used to take ownership of a deceased person’s stock after their death.

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Affidavit of Employment – Verifies an individual is employed including their position, pay, and type (full or part-time).

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Affidavit of Financial Disclosure (waiver) – Used primarily when spouses will not be exchanging financial information prior to signing a prenuptial agreement or other marital contracts.

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Affidavit of Forgery – Use to declare a signature was falsified.

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Affidavit of Paternity – Used to establish the paternity of a child when there is a question of doubt. Commonly used when two individuals are adopting a child.

 

 

 


Affidavit of Residence – A written declaration (under oath) issued by an individual attesting to the validity of their residency.

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Affidavit of Service – Provides proof to a court that documents were served from one party to the other.

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Affidavit of Successor Trustee – When a person dies that was part of a joint-tenant property.

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Affidavit (Certificate) of Trust – To show or prove a trust exists which may include general details.

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Self-Proving Affidavit – Use to provide an extra layer of documentation when creating a will. It eliminates the possibility of a testator’s will being called into question after their death.

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Small Estate Affidavit – Or “Affidavit of Heirship,” is used when someone dies without a will and had assets less than the state requirement for probate.

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Table of Contents

What is an Affidavit?

An affidavit is used for legal matters when a person gives facts and swears them to be true. A person that signs an affidavit, which is the ultimate act of backing up their statements, is known as the “deponent”. An affidavit is not complete until signed and notarized.

Once complete, an affidavit has the same effect as testifying under oath. It is most commonly used when obtaining testimony from a witness that is unable to appear in court.

When an affidavit has the potential to either make or break a case, it’s recommended to seek consultation from a lawyer.

Sample Affidavit

AFFIDAVIT

(SWORN STATEMENT)

Date: ________________, 20____

My legal name is ________________ (“Affiant”) and acknowledge I am:

  • Age: ____
  • Address: ____________________________
  • Residency: ________________

Being duly sworn, hereby swear under oath that: ____________________________

Under penalty of perjury, I hereby declare and affirm that the above-mentioned statement is, to the best of my knowledge, true and correct.

Affiant’s Signature: ____________________________

Date: _____________

How to Write an Affidavit (4 steps)

Step 1 – Think About the Facts

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It’s best to get in a calm mindset and think about the events that occurred. Try to remember everything that occurred in preparation to write.

Step 2 – Describe the Events

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Write and illustrate the facts in the best possible manner. Once complete, review carefully as any false testimony can be a penalty of perjury.

Step 3 – Seek Legal Counsel

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Any type of testimony is subject to legal exposure. It’s best to review an affidavit with a licensed attorney before submitting to a court.

Step 4 – Have Sworn and Notarized

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Once complete, most district courts will require an affidavit to be notarized. This can be done at a bank, attorney’s office, or at Notarize.com.

FAQs


Is an Affidavit required to be Notarized?

An affidavit is required to be notarized or signed in the presence of the court clerk. This is required for all affidavits filed with a local district court.


What does a “Sworn Statement” mean?

A sworn statement is an individual’s written testimony that is required to be truthful or be under penalty of perjury.


How to File an Affidavit?

An affidavit should be filed at the local district court where the case is located.


Who can Sign an Affidavit?

The person who gave the sworn statement in the affidavit must always be the one to sign (and notarize). Ideally, this should be individuals above 18 years although minors can also sign.


How to Write

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I. Date Of Sworn Statement

(1) Date Of Effect. The function of this paperwork will be to verify that its Author is making a specific declaration(s). To aid in supporting the authenticity of this statement, the date when it is made must be documented. Establish the date when this declaration is made and completed by signature at the beginning of this document.

II. Affiant

(2) Name Of Declaring Affiant. Naturally, in order for a declaration to be taken seriously, its Author will often need to be identified. This is especially true for an affidavit. Produce the Affiant’s legal name in the introduction.

(3) Support For Affiant Identity. In addition to his or her legal name, the Affiant behind this declaration should have his or her identity supported with some basic facts. To this end, furnish the Affiant’s current “Age,” home “Address,” and “Residency” status where requested.

III. Statement

(4) Sworn Affiant Statement. The statement by the Affiant must be put in writing. In most legal matters it is suggested that one consult a qualified Professional (such as an Attorney) before drafting the declaration. Bear in mind that once this paperwork is signed, notarized, and filed with the appropriate Entity it will be considered a sworn statement by the Affiant. Therefore, make sure it presents the facts and testimony in a clear manner before signing this document before a Notary Public.

IV. Affiant Execution

(5) Affiant Signature. The signature of the Affiant is mandatory for the process of a sworn statement. Additionally, this signature must be verified by an Entity that is qualified and easily reachable in the future therefore most jurisdictions and functions will require that an affidavit is notarized and sometimes verified with additional sources. For instance, a Court Officer or Witnesses may also need be present at the time of signing. For our purpose, the Affiant must sign this document into effect under the observance of a qualified Notary Public.

(6) Date Of Submitted Signature. The Signature of the Affiant must be attached to the date it was produced. Therefore the Affiant must also supply the current calendar date.

(7) Notarization Support. As mentioned earlier, an Affidavit will require support that the signature was produced fairly by the individual it identifies as the Affiant. The Notary Public will verify the Affiant’s identity then report the facts of the signing to the “Notary Acknowledgment” at the close of this document.