Free affidavit forms are statements made before a notary or public official that attest to certainty of an action, cause, or event. These public authorities can be justices of the peace, officers of the law, judges, senators, representatives, and other holders of public office.
An affiant files an affidavit by taking an oath that the contents, before God and to the best of his or her knowledge, are the truth. Free affidavit forms can be signed by a notary public or any public officer that has the ability to administer oaths, making an affirmation that the person signing the free affidavit form was under oath when presenting it. Courts, governments, and individuals use affidavits when fearing for their safety if his or her true identity is revealed in court.
Free affidavit form documents are extremely valuable during the presentation of evidence in a court of law, especially during matters when witnesses are unavailable to testify in person. Free affidavit forms preserve the testimony of individuals unable to appear in court due to accidents, health reasons, incarceration, moving out of state, death, and many other reasons.
A judge will sometimes accept an affidavit instead of the testimony of a live witness. A free affidavit form can also be used in place of a testimony in various circumstances. For example, when a motion is filed, a supporting affidavit document may be filed with it. A free affidavit form consists of the facts regarding what has happened, with a section at the bottom for the affiant to swear to the truth of the statements made and a place for his or her signature, which is then notarized by a public official.
The jurat at bottom part of an affidavit is where the officer certifies that the affidavit document was sworn before him. Jurat notarizations are required for free affidavit forms in which the signer must attest to the legitimacy of the document, this includes all affidavits and pleadings in court. The jurat is the actual certification on a free affidavit form declaring when, where, and before whom the affidavit was sworn.