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.
How to write an affidavit? The following are the steps in writing an affidavit:
1. Determine the title of the affidavit. If the affidavit is a sworn statement, then the name and address of the person giving the testimony or the affiant must be included in the title, e.g. Affidavit of Jane Doe. If the affidavit will be submitted before the court, the caption of the case must be stated at the top. The case caption may be found on any of the pleadings filed by the parties in said case. The caption must include the name of the court, the county and the state, the names of the parties and the case number.
2. In the first paragraph of the affidavit, include the name and personal circumstances of the affiant. This shall include his address, place of work, age or date of birth of the affiant, occupation, immigration status and relationship of the affiant to any of the parties in the case.
3. Write an opening sentence which must be in the first person. The same must state that the affiant is swearing under oath or affirming the information in the affidavit. 4. Make an outline of the facts to be stated in the affidavit. Determine, which among the listed facts, are relevant and important and disregard those which are not. Arrange the facts in a coherent manner.
5. State each fact in one paragraph. Number the paragraphs so that it will be easier to read it and to refer to it in court.
6. Described each fact concisely and clearly by providing names, dates, addresses and other information as needed.
7. Reference supporting documents by marking them as "exhibits".
8. Make a statement that the affidavit is a complete representation of the facts to which the affiant is swearing. Also spell out the oath that the affiant is taking.
9. Create the signature block. This is the space where the affiant shall sign his name.
10. Lastly, provide a notary signature block.
Affidavit of Residence. This legal document simply allows to state your place of residence and is often used right after you have moved but have not submitted the paperwork to the DMV or other government agencies. You may need it to send your child to a school in your new area, get a parking permit for a busy part of your city, or sometimes, swear to a court or business you actually reside at a certain address. In other words, when you need to prove where you live, use an Affidavit of Residence.
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.