How to Make a Legal Affidavit Form

May 7th 2016

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Understanding Affidavits

An affidavit is a legal statement presented in writing. When performed properly, an affidavit is legal document that serves the same purpose as bearing testimony under oath in court. You are required to be honest and truthful in every affidavit you create. An affidavit may pertain to a marriage license, an estate, a small claims case, or a request for asylum. Some affidavits can be created using a government form. Even so, you can use other methods to create your affidavit.

All affidavits, regardless of their purpose, have similar traits. All affidavits clearly identify the person making the affidavit. All require your signature. All include factual statements that you intend to present as evidence in a legal matter. All include a witness statement, which is witnessed and signed by a legally recognized notary. These elements are what make an affidavit a legal document.

Creating an Affidavit with FormSwift

FormSwift provides the public with free online software that can help create the affidavit you need. Get started by clicking “Create Affidavit.” Select the type of affidavit you would like to make. Enter your name, your address, your age, and your job title. Next, enter your statement. For best results, you should write, revise, and spellcheck your written statement before inserting it into the form. Next, enter the state and county in which the affidavit will be signed. Now, you will need to sign up for an account with FormSwift. Select “Free Trial” and enter your credit card information. Remember, you'll need to cancel your membership before the trial ends in order to avoid being charged. As a member, you can also create other legal documents.

Creating an Affidavit with RocketLawyer

RocketLawyer also provides the public with free online software you can use to create affidavits during a free trial period. Get started by selecting your state and then clicking “Make Document.” This time you choose the state and county where the affidavit will be signed first. You must verify you are at least 18 years old, and then enter your name and state of residence. Now, insert your statement. RocketLawyer also gives you the opportunity to enter a second statement or a second paragraph. This time you can sign up with an email, Facebook, or a Google+ account. Set up your account by selecting the free trial. Note you also have the chance to select “Ask A Lawyer Your Legal Questions.” RocketLawyer doesn't let you see your document until you enter your credit card information. Once you do, you can access your affidavits, create additional documents, and utilize other member services. Remember to cancel your membership if you want to avoid being charged down the road.

Perfecting Your Affidavit

Jeremy Byellin of Thomson Reuters’ Legal Solutions Blog says, “Your affidavit is your opportunity to tell your story for the court.” It's important to be factual, but there is room to shape those facts into a narrative. This is your chance to tell your side of the story.

Think about the stories you’ve read -- novels, comic books, newspaper articles, and perhaps even a memoir or biography. Think about why and how they affected you. A true story can be presented in a way that’s both factual and engaging. That’s what you want your affidavit to do.

As a legal document, your affidavit has to stick to the facts -- particularly those that “are as favorable as possible,” as Byellin says. Just remember, the more clearly you share your experiences, the more real your situation will become to the court. That is the ultimate strength of the affidavit. It’s you and your story, presented and legally validated in written form.


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