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 Death. This is a fairly straightforward affidavit, usually handled by an estate administrator. It is used to notify creditors, the court, and businesses that someone has passed away. This allows the executor or estate administrator to do his or her duty in regards to the deceased s estate.
Affidavit of Name Change. If you go by a name different than your birth name but have not gotten around to officially changing it through the court, use an affidavit of name change. Typically, another person (most often your spouse or a blood relative) will sign this and swear that you use a name different from your what is on your birth certificate.
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.