How to Word an Affidavit

By Amy Davidson
Writing a legal document can be tricky if you don't know how to word it.

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Affidavits are legal documents that usually state some sort of fact or intention for court cases or any legal situation. Witness testimonies and suspect statements are common forms of affidavits. While most courts have forms for affidavits, making one on you own can be easy as long as you know the information to include. If you have to draft up an affidavit, learning how to word it can help ensure you don't make any mistakes that could cost you later.

Write just the facts. Do not include any information that is one-sided or subject to opinion. Affidavits are simply to state the facts of a situation, so don't write any information that is subject to interpretation. For example, "Person A was present at X time," might be a fact, whereas, "Person A is believed to have been there at X time," can leave questions.

Present facts in bullet or numbered format. Set each fact separately so that the affidavit will flow better and allow for easier comprehension. Again, affidavits are statements of facts, and you want all of the facts to be noticed and read.

Include the date and time the affidavit was written, along with dates and times for each of the facts stated. Include the date the affidavit was written at the top of the page, then write in a date for each of the facts.

Include atop the page the name or names of whoever is stating these facts. Usually affidavits are written from the factual information given by one person, such as a witness, but in some cases these facts might be stated by a group of witnesses.

Include an area at the bottom of the affidavit for signatures by the persons stating and swearing to the facts of the affidavit, as well as for a court witness who will sign that all information was sworn in. Also include a slot for the date in which the affidavit was actually signed and sworn.

About the Author

Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.

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