Affidavits are used frequently and for many different reasons, but unlike a contract or agreement many people dont have a good handle on the definition of an affidavit. Chances are, youve likely already signed an affidavit at some point in your life.
In our Plain Language Legal Dictionary, we define affidavit as A written statement of facts, sworn to and signed by a deponent before a notary public or some other authority having the power to witness an oath. In other words, when you sign an affidavit, youre simply attesting, under law, that you swear a statement written in the affidavit is true.
A good way to think of an affidavit is as a sort of written court testimony. Where, in a court of law, youd have to place your hand on a Bible and swear that youre telling the truth and nothing but the truth, on an affidavit, you simply do this in writing. Youre under oath, but youre on paper.