What Is an Affidavit?

An Affidavit is a written statement of facts that is sworn on oath. The individual who swears that the information written in the Affidavit is true is called an affiant or deponent and must sign this document before a notary public. The notary public is the person authorized by the state to verify that the person who claims to have signed the document is the same who signed it.

What Documents Are Required for Affidavit?

When signing an affidavit, you need to have your passport, driver’s license, or any document that may serve as proof of identity, so that the affidavit can be notarized.

How to Get an Affidavit?

There are many different types of Affidavits, which vary based on their intended purpose. Some of the most common types are listed below.

  1. Affidavit of Name Change. These are used when a person or entity needs proof that you have legally changed your name. Usually, the document will include your old name, your new one, and the state where the change originated.
  2. Affidavit of Small Estate. These are most commonly used when a close relative dies and leaves behind a small estate. This document allows the property to be transferred to the heirs without the need for a probate process.
  3. Affidavit of Support. This document is regularly used in the immigration process and it is signed by a sponsor, who will be financially responsible for the immigrant coming into the United States.
  4. Affidavit of Death. Usually handled by an estate administrator, its purpose is to notify a court, business, or creditors that someone has died.
  5. Affidavit of Service. These are used to attest to the delivery of specified papers to a person, organization, or business as requested by a party to a lawsuit.
  6. Affidavit of Heirship. This form is used to define the presenсe of the inheritors of a deceased person who has not left an enforceable will.
  7. Identity Theft Affidavit. These are filed if an individual's personal data was used to create an illegitimate account or perform any other actions in their name.
  8. Divorce Affidavit. Acts as evidence of your divorce in cases when you cannot locate your official paperwork.
  9. Affidavit of Residence. This Affidavit is used to verify the address of a person, and it is generally used to prove you live or lived at a certain residence for tax or business reasons.
  10. Financial Affidavit. Generally used in divorce proceedings to verify the financial status of the signers, who must state facts such as their yearly income and savings.
  11. Affidavit of Title. Used during the process of selling real estate to ensure certain facts about the seller of a property and the property itself.

How to Write an Affidavit?

Certain legal requirements must be met for the Affidavit to be valid. When lawyers use Affidavits in motions and court filings, they may design this document to meet their specific needs at the time. In other circumstances, you may draft your own document by using Affidavit forms that contain specific information to fulfill the intended purpose. The Affidavit, which may be written in the first or third person, must state only relevant facts in a concise and organized way. Furthermore, the document must assert that everything in it is true.

The deponent who signs the sworn statement must be a competent person (which in most cases means they must be of legal age and of sound mind). In addition, they must sign the Affidavit voluntarily and without coercion and must have firsthand knowledge of the information they are attesting to. An authorized person, who could be a notary public, a lawyer, or Justice of the Peace, must be present when the document is signed.

The foot of the last page of the document, known as the "jurat", must include the following details:

  1. The full name and signature of the deponent.
  2. Information on whether the Affidavit is sworn or affirmed.
  3. The date and place where the deponent signs the Affidavit.
  4. The full name and profession of the authorized person, as well as their signature.

Moreover, if any alteration, correction, addition, or amendment is made to the Affidavit, both the deponent and the authorized witness must initial each alteration to confirm they are valid.

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"Affidavit of Name Change Form"

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This is a document filed by individuals who need to prove the fact that they have legally changed their name in the past to a requesting party.

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"Affidavit of Support Form"

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This form is completed by an individual who wants to sponsor their dependant or relative that is looking to immigrate to or visit another country.

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"Affidavit of Death Form"

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This form is filed by an heir or successor of a deceased person in order to certify under oath that the individual indicated in the affidavit has passed away.

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"Affidavit of Service Form"

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This form can be used for confirming either the successful delivery of documentation or for proving an individual's active duty (for a court case).

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"Affidavit of Heirship Form"

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An Affidavit of Heirship defines the presenсe of the inheritors of a deceased person who has not left a will.

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"Affidavit of Residence Form"

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This statement is used to confirm an individual's residence (their permanent place of living) under oath.

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"Financial Affidavit Form"

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Individuals may use this legal document to verify their income, expenses, assets, and debts.

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"Divorce Affidavit Form"

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A Divorce Affidavit is a document on which an oath is taken by one of the spouses about their wish to legally cancel their marriage.

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"Affidavit of Title Form"

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This form explicitly documents the status of any potential legal issues involving the seller and the property being transferred.

"Affidavit of Forgery Template"

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If you believe a fraudulent act was recently committed by someone you know or at your place of work you can alert the authorities by filing this type of affidavit.

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Form INV ID1 "Identity Theft Affidavit" - Alabama

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Form CED-13 "Id Theft Complaint Form" - Nevada

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Arizona Form 439 "Identity Theft Affidavit" - Arizona

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Form DD-014 "Identity Theft Victim Information" - Michigan

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Form OCP-200 "Identity Theft Passport Application" - Montana

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Form IDT-100 "Identity Theft Declaration" - New Jersey

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Form DTF-275 "Identity Theft Declaration" - New York

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Form I-381 "Identity Theft Affidavit" - South Carolina

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Form FTB3552 "Identity Theft Affidavit" - California

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Form DR2153 "Affidavit of Colorado Driver's License or Id Theft" - Colorado

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Form R-2000 "Louisiana Identity Theft Affidavit" - Louisiana

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Form 5593 "Identity Theft Declaration" - Missouri

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Form REV-1196 "Identity Theft Affidavit" - Pennsylvania

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Form SFN60633 "Id Theft Affidavit" - North Dakota

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Form SC-AF3600.3 "Identity Theft Affidavit (Credit Card or Debt Buyer Collection Action)" - Illinois

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"Id Theft Affidavit" - Florida

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"Declaration of Identity Theft" - Hawaii

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"Identity Theft Complaint Form" - Illinois

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"Identity Theft Complaint" - Indiana

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"Identity Theft Victim Application and Affidavit" - Iowa

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"Identity Theft Passport Application" - Iowa

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"Identity Theft Complaint Form" - Kansas

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"Fraud Report Form" - Minnesota

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"Fraud Identity Theft Form" - Mississippi

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"Id Theft Affidavit" - Mississippi

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"Identity Theft Complaint Form" - Missouri

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"Identity Theft Affidavit" - North Carolina

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"Identity Theft Affidavit" - Ohio

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