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

Divorce Affidavit

Financial Affidavit

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