How to write an affidavit.

Learn more about this common legal document and the necessary requirements for writing your own.

If you need to make a statement for court proceedings or other legal matters, one option you may have is to create an affidavit. Basically, it is a sworn written statement that you can use to testify that certain information is true and correct. Let’s explore what you need to know before you start writing your own affidavit.

What to include in your affidavit.

Affidavits are not difficult documents to prepare, but you need to ensure that you provide required information for it to be valid. The following are six critical sections that must be included:

  1. Title. This is either your name (“Affidavit of Jane Doe”) or the specific case information.
  2. Statement of identity. The next paragraph tells the court about yourself. (My name is Jane Doe. I am 45 years old, work as a nurse, and currently reside at 224 Grove Street, Phoenix, Arizona.)
  3. Statement of truth. In this section, you’ll swear that the following information is true and correct to the best of your knowledge.
  4. Statement of facts. The following paragraph(s) will lay out your statement of facts. Each paragraph should contain only one fact and the details relevant to it.
  5. Closing statement of truth. After you finish stating your facts, you’ll once again swear that the above information is correct.
  6. Sign and notarize. The final section includes signature lines for you, witnesses, and the notary section, as well as the date.

If you don’t feel comfortable writing your own affidavit, you can also search online for common templates. Some websites will even autogenerate the affidavit for you and allow the involved parties to sign digitally with e-signatures. Keep in mind that in some states you may need to write the affidavit in front of witnesses. Make sure you check your local and/or state requirements before getting started.

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