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 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.
Sometimes telling the truth is not enough—you need to swear to it, in writing. An Affidavit is the legal way to swear that your statements are fact. You will sign an Affidavit document in front of a notary public to finalize it. If you have been asked for an Affidavit, you are being trusted to tell the whole truth—and nothing but.
1. You have been asked to make a declaration or statement of fact under oath as part of a contract or legal process.
2. You want to ask someone else to make a declaration or statement of fact under oath.
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.