How to Write an Affidavit Form

An affidavit form is basically a legal document bearing a formal statement of fact written before a witness, in order to present certain evidences or opinions, which are then verified by an oath-taker for its honesty and authenticity. Not only does this form permit collection of evidence in a lawsuit but may also be used to legally vouch for the genuineness of a statement. As an affidavit form is an important piece of legal document, construction of such a form requires immense professionalism and accuracy. The following rules may thus be considered while drafting an affidavit form.

  • Title: the affidavit form must bear provision for inserting a title that would state the objective and purpose of the affidavit and make it easily recognizable among piles of legal papers.
  • Personal Information: there must be lineation for recording personal information about the person making the statement. However, the information asked must be relevant and related to establishing credibility of the undersigned.
  • Statement: the space that would bear the statement of the concerned person must be ample enough for archiving detailed information about the events regarding the statement. Care must be taken to provide vivid descriptions and ensure that the statement covers all the required points, terms and conditions and leaves no loopholes that may later cause their disadvantage.  Special care must be taken for recording statements of eye witnesses to criminal suits. Their statement must include detailed description of all events, actions as may be recalled by the witnesses. The quotations must be recorded accurately. Again, while recording statements from experts, the form should provide provision for the incorporation of their expert opinions on the concerned matter and quote references or evidences that may substantiate their arguments.
  • Signatures: the affidavit form must have space for bearing the signature of the person making the statement, the witnesses to the event and the person assigned to record the statement. The honesty and authenticity of the statements made must be vouched for by the undersigned people and presided over by the signature of an attorney or judge.

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