How to write a legal affidavit

Written by deb cohen
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to write a legal affidavit
An affidavit is a factual account of something that occurred. (legal pad and mechanical pencil image by alpy7 from Fotolia.com)

An affidavit is a written document that is sworn to be accurate and honest by the person writing it. Affidavits are facts not opinions and must be signed in the presence of a person with legal authority, such as a judge or a lawyer. An example of an affidavit is a written eyewitness account of an assault sworn to be true by the witness in the presence of a lawyer.

Skill level:
Easy

Other People Are Reading

Instructions

  1. 1

    Visit a county courthouse and ask a court clerk for an affidavit form to complete. You can create your own affidavit form by writing at the top of a blank piece of paper "Affidavit of _ Event." For example: Affidavit of Burglary in Shopping Mall.

  2. 2

    Provide in the affidavit such basic information as your name, address, date of birth and how you can be reached in case of any questions.

  3. 3

    Write the time and date that the event occurred, telling your account of the events in clear, simple terms. Do not exaggerate.

  4. 4

    Sign the document and then swear on a holy book in front of a legal authority, such as a court commissioner, lawyer or judge, that the document is true. Alternatively, you may affirm the document's truth in front of a legal authority in writing and verbally.

Tips and warnings

  • Write the affidavit as quickly as possible after the event has occurred in order to ensure that you remember the details of the event as accurately as possible.
  • An affidavit is a binding legal document. and lying on an affidavit is a criminal offence. You may be asked to defend your affidavit in a court of law.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.