Affidavits can be used for many different reasons, but they all share a common trait: the person singing is making a declaration, under oath, that what is in the affidavit is true.
Affidavit of Financial Support. Most commonly used while sponsoring an immigrant to the United States, this affidavit form simply states that the signer will be financially responsible for the incoming immigrant. The names and addresses of both parties are commonly included with the sponsoring party s signature.
Affidavit of Heirship. In the event that someone passes away without a will, an Affidavit of Heirship can be used to insure that the deceased s heirs and next of kin gain control of his or her property. Generally, this affidavit will need to be witnessed by people who do not stand to benefit from the deceased s estate and it can be instrumental in avoiding the often costly and lengthy probate process.
These are just a few of the most commonly used affidavits. For a more complete list, you can head to our list of family and personal affidavits. And if you ca not find exactly the affidavit you need, in most cases, a general affidavit form can be used. Just make sure to consult with a lawyer