Free affidavit forms are statements of facts that are sworn to or affirmed to before a figure of public authority designated to administer an oath. These public authorities can be judges, justices of the peace, notary publics, officers of the law, senators, representatives, and many other holders of public office.
The person making the signed statement, or the affiant, takes an oath that the contents are, before God and to the best of their knowledge, true. Free affidavit forms can be signed by a notary public or any judicial officer that can administer oaths, making an affirmation that the person signing the free affidavit form was under oath when presenting it. Uses of free affidavit forms include courts, governments and individuals fearing for their safety if their true identities are revealed in court.
Free affidavit forms may be written in the first or third person depending on who drafted the affidavit document. Free affidavit form sections include:
• The commencement identifying the affiant.
• The individual subsections, numbered as mandated by law, each one making a separate claim.
• A statement of truth stating that everything is true, under penalty of perjury, fine and imprisonment.
• An attestation clause, usually a jurat, at the end certifying the affiant made the oath and the date.
• The signatures of the author and witness.
Free affidavit form documents are valuable during the presentation of evidence in court, especially during matters when witnesses are unavailable to testify in person. Free affidavit forms may preserve the testimony of individuals unable to appear in court due to unforeseen illnesses, serving time in jail or incarceration, moving to another state, death, and many other reasons. A judge will accept a free affidavit form document instead of the testimony of the witness. A free affidavit form can also be used in place of a live testimony in many circumstances. For example, when a motion is filed, a supporting affidavit document may be filed with it.
A free affidavit form consists of facts regarding the issue at hand, with a section at the bottom for the affiant to swear truth to the statements made and affix a signature, which is then notarized in a jurat. A jurat is the bottom part of an affidavit where the officer certifies that the affidavit document was sworn before him. Jurat notarizations are required for free forms in which the signer must attest to the legitimacy of the document, this includes free affidavit forms and pleadings in court. It is the actual certification on a free affidavit form declaring when, where, and before whom the affidavit was sworn.