Different types of affidavits.
Learn more about what an affidavit is and when you might need to use one in various court proceedings.
If you’re a crime show fan, you’re probably familiar with affidavits when it comes to their involvement in criminal cases — but the truth is, you can use affidavits in so many more ways. Let’s explore some of the different affidavit types and instances where they can truly be helpful.
The many uses of affidavits.
In a nutshell, an affidavit is basically a sworn written statement. No matter the type, this document serves to state certain facts and has you sign your name to attest to its truth and accuracy.
Here are some common instances in which you may use an affidavit:
- Financial affidavit: You can use this to show a change of circumstances, request child support or alimony, and other financial proceedings. This type of affidavit is common in family law.
- Affidavit of residence: Also common in family law, you can use this to prove residency to allow your child to attend certain schools. You can also use it for employment purposes.
- Affidavit of death: You may request this type after somebody has passed away so you can notify companies and other entities, as well as close bank accounts.
- Affidavit of heirship: This states your legal right to a person’s assets after they’ve passed away.
- Affidavit of marriage: If you lose your original marriage certificate, you can request an affidavit to show proof of marriage.
- Support affidavit: Alongside visa applications, you can use this to prove that you have enough financial support to enter a country.
In most cases, you can write a custom affidavit or use an online template to create one. Some websites will even auto-generate the document for you after you input the necessary information.
Once you have your affidavit complete and you’re ready to finalize it, you’ll need to sign it in the presence of witnesses and have a notary validate it. Discover what more you can do with Adobe Sign to simplify document signing.