You’ve probably heard of the term “notarization of affidavits.” In notary lingo, this means two fairly simple, but important concepts:
1. You have made a set of written statements, usually for a court. This document is called an affidavit.
2. You have legally sworn that those statements are true. This requires notarization.
If you need to prepare an affidavit, you should seek the services of a notary public. He will draft and notarize it for you. Although you won’t be doing this yourself, it’s good to know what it’s all about. Let me fill you in on some details.
What is an affidavit?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, an affidavit is:“A written statement confirmed by oath or affirmation, for use as evidence in court.”
Certain statements are written in a document. They must be true, to the best of your knowledge and ability. They cannot be intended to deceive.
Why would you need an affidavit?
The most common reason is that a court needs the statements as evidence. Examples include a translator stating that a translation is accurate. Or owners of a will may include affidavits from the witnesses for possible future use.
You need to notarize it!
An essential part of an affidavit is that you have sworn the statements are true. Notarization of affidavits legally proves that you have made this oath. A notary public will review the statements with you. This is to ensure that there are no errors. You then swear an oath, sign and date the document, in his presence.You will have to provide ID for the notary public so he can confirm your identity.He then proceeds with the notarization of the affidavit. Note: the notary public is not confirming that the statements are true. He is only witnessing that you confirmed them by oath.
What should an affidavit look like?
Any legal document must be written in a certain style and format. Like other legal documents, when a court requests an affidavit of you, it must:
• be in the first person (“I” and “we”)
• state your full name. If you’re connected to any parties in the court case, it should say so.
• be divided into numbered paragraphs. Each paragraph should contain only one fact.
To ensure that your affidavit meets the requirements, it is best to have it drafted professionally.
Visit a notary public!
If a court requires an affidavit from you, your best bet is to visit a notary public dedicated to your needs. Contact us at Golden Notary; we can draft your affidavit, notarize it and guide you through the process!