Legal Terminology: LPI Word of the Month


An affidavit is a factual written statement signed by an affiant, typically a witness before a court case begins.  An affidavit is a sworn statement wherein the affiant claims that the information in the document is true and correct to the best of his or her knowledge and is notarized.  An affiant can be found guilty of perjury if he or she were to lie in the affidavit.  The affidavit is only valid when it is made voluntarily.  An affidavit differs from a declaration in that the statements in a declaration are made without the writer being sworn before a notary public or other officer authorized to administer oaths.

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