An affidavit -- essentially a sworn statement of fact, committed to paper -- can serve many purposes. You can attest to a name change, swear you have the financial means to support an immigrant, or sign that you’ve served or mailed a document to another individual.

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But just how do you know which affidavit to use? Below are some of the most common affidavits and a little information about each.
  • Affidavit: A non-specific affidavit is simply a formal statement of fact and can be used for many different purposes. During contract negotiations, for example, you may be asked to swear certain facts about something you’re selling or offering. However, a non-specific affidavit can be used to attest to nearly anything you need to state under oath.
  • Affidavit of Small Estate: Small Estate Affidavits are most commonly used when a spouse or close relative dies without a will and the signer will be helping finalize the estate and assets left behind.
  • Affidavit of Heirship: You can use this document to assert legal rights and ownership over the property of a deceased kin or simply swear you are their lawful heir.
  • Affidavit of Residence: Used to verify the residence of a person, living or dead. Common uses include verifying your address so your children can attend a certain school or proving you lived at a certain residence for business or tax reasons.
  • Affidavit of Name Change: If you’ve changed your name legally but a person or company needs assurance that you’ve done so legally, you may want to use an affidavit of name change. Commonly, you’ll note your old name, new one, and the state in which the change originated.
  • Affidavit of Service: If you’ve hired someone to serve documents -- or if you personally serve documents, signing an affidavit of service attests that those documents were in fact delivered to the individual or business for which they were intended.
  • Financial Affidavit: Most commonly used in divorce proceedings, a financial affidavit is used to verify the signers financial status. Yearly income, savings, and similar facts can be sworn to with this form.
  • Affidavit of Domicile: This is another affidavit associated with estate planning. Typically, it’s used to transfer cash, stock, bonds, or investment assets that were owned by the deceased.
  • Affidavit of Death: When you want to notify a court, business, or other agency that someone has died, an affidavit of death can be signed and provided to the interested party.
  • Affidavit of Support: Used regularly in the immigration process, an affidavit of support should be signed by a person who is willing and able to support an immigrant while they navigate their journey into the United States.
  • ID Theft Affidavit: This affidavit should be provided to creditors or other entities in the even of ID theft. In it, you swear that your ID was in fact stolen or compromised.

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