Statement Under Oath
Sworn Oath Statement
What is an Affidavit?
An Affidavit is simply a written, notarized sworn statement. When you sign an affidavit, you are attesting, under law, that you swear a statement written in the affidavit is true. Affidavits can be used for nearly any reason, such as to attest to someone's death or birth, to state a place of residence, or to be entered as evidence in a court trial. A good way to think of an affidavit is as a type of written court testimony. In court, you would swear to tell the truth and then provide your testimony on the witness stand.
An affidavit is similar in that you are under oath, but your statement is on paper instead of spoken. Many government forms could also be considered affidavits, since lying on such forms can carry with it the charge of perjury.
When to use an Affidavit?
- You have been asked to make a declaration or statement of fact under oath as part of a contract or legal process.