How to Create an Affidavit

By Charlotte Johnson
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An affidavit is a legal document that gives a person's first-hand account of an event or situation. It is an important written statement that is sworn to be true and can be used in court. Divorce hearings, child custody hearings and criminal trials commonly use affidavits as part of the evidence. If you ever happen to be involved in any of these scenarios or if someone asks you to be a witness for them, you will need to know how to write a concise, correct affidavit.

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Obtain an official affidavit form either from your lawyer or from the local courthouse.

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Fill out the personal information correctly. This will include information such as your name, address and signature.

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Write a concise, truthful account of all facts relevant to the event or person in question.

Use correct grammar and spelling.

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Avoid interjecting emotional statements. Your affidavit should come across as objective and clearly thought out.

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Be as specific as possible. Use names, exact dates, times and all relevant details. Make sure your statement of events is in chronological order.

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Write about what you have witnessed yourself, not what you have heard through second-hand information.

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Include all important facts that may be relevant to the case, but be as concise as possible. Your point will come across more strongly if you present your information clearly and succinctly.

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Have a licensed notary sign and seal the document.

About the Author

Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.

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