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What is an Affidavit?

An affidavit is a written document used in court.

affidavit-stackAn affidavit is used to swear under the penalty of perjury that the facts contained within the affidavit are the truth. Some states require that an affidavit be signed before a notary public. A notary will confirm that the person before them is indeed the same person listed in the document. The notary will then place their seal upon the document to verify that the person that signed the document is indeed the same person listed therein.
An affidavit may be a necessary document to provide to the court in certain cases. An affidavit may be composed from a personal statement of a person to ensure that the information contained within the affidavit is the exact truth and fact as the person recollects it.

An affidavit may be supplemented by further proof and documentation to support a person’s statement as fact.

For example, if an individual swears to the fact that they completed a specific degree, that person may submit a copy of the degree as evidence that their statement is fact.

Affidavits are a viable method to provide information to the court as fact when there may not be any other sort of documentation to otherwise prove the information is true.

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