An affidavit is a written sworn statement of fact voluntarily made by an affiant or deponent under an oath or affirmation administered by a person authorized to do so by law.– Big Law Dictionary
- A Notary Public or Commissioner of Oath bears witness to the authenticity of the deponent’s signature.
- The statement is witnessed as to the authenticity of the affiant /deponent’s signature by a taker of oaths i.e.notary public, commissioner of oaths.
- An affidavit is a type of verified statement or showing given under oath where a deliberate falsehood is backed by the penalty of perjury.
Types of affidavit
There are different instances of when a person might need an affidavit for a specific purpose, for example to report lost documents and request for new government issued ones, to attest to their ages where a birthday is not readily available, affidavit of support, to corroborate a fact as a witness in court etc.
Some types of affidavit include but are not limited to ;
Affidavit of Death
Affidavit of Heirship
Affidavit of Identity Theft
Affidavit of Name Change
Affidavit of Small Estate
Affidavit of Support
Affidavit of Residence
Affidavit of Service