Affidavits & Oaths

OTHER SERVICES: AFFIDAVITS & OATHS

An affidavit is a formal sworn statement of fact, signed by the author, who is called the affiant or deponent, and witnessed as to the authenticity of the affiant’s signature by a taker of oaths, such as a commissioner of oaths.

The name is Medieval Latin for he has declared upon oath. An affidavit is a type of verified statement or showing, or in other words, it contains verification, meaning it is under oath or penalty of perjury and this serves as evidence to its veracity and is required for court proceedings. Not all affidavits require a notary public for execution.

Affidavits may be written in the first or third person, depending on who drafted the document. If in the first person, the document’s component parts are:

  • a commencement which identifies the affiant;
  • the individual averments, almost always numbered as mandated by law, each one making a separate claim;
  • a statement of truth generally stating that everything is true, under penalty of perjury, fine, or imprisonment;
  • an attestation clause, usually a jurat, at the end certifying the affiant made oath and the date; and
  • signatures of the author and witness

If an affidavit is notarized or authenticated, it will also include a caption with a venue and title in reference to judicial proceedings. In some cases, an introductory clause, called a preamble, is added attesting that the affiant personally appeared before the authenticating authority.

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