How to write a legal affidavit

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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

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:


  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.

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