If you’ve ever been asked to write an affidavit, you might not know what that means or where to start.
An affidavit is a written legal document that contains facts, information, and a series of statements that a person swears are true. The affidavit is used along with witness statements to prove the truthfulness of a person’s comments in court.
In Canada and Alberta, affidavits can be written for sexual assault or rape cases, family court applications after leaving an abusive relationship, and more. An affidavit is a good option for those individuals wanting to provide their evidence to the judge instead of testifying in court, which can be an emotional and nerve-wracking experience.
When writing your affidavit, it’s important to remember that everything stated must be true facts.
What to include in an affidavit:
Other things to note when writing your affidavit:
Depending on your situation, additional specific information may be necessary to fulfill the affidavit and meet any legal requirements.
Once your affidavit is signed, witnessed, and notarized correctly, it is then considered a valid legal document. Although an affidavit can be written on your own, it is recommended that you work with a lawyer who can provide guidance and suggestions as to what should be included.