An affidavit, or a sworn statement, should begin with a case style, followed by a commencement, claims, a statement of trust and a notary seal. The format of an affidavit is important, as it is admissible as evidence in court.
- Create the heading and case list
If the affidavit is used as evidence in a court case, it must contain a case style. The case style includes the court venue, centered on the page, followed by the names of the plaintiffs and defendants on the left and the case number on the right. Place the word "Affidavit" in the center beneath the style. If the affidavit is not part of a court case, a case style is not needed.
- Identify the affiant and make averments
The commencement identifies the affiant, or the person making the statement. The commencement is followed by a numbered series of relevant claims and statements; these are called averments. Write a simple statement to designate the end of your claims.
- Sign and receive a notary seal
At the end of the affidavit, write a statement that attests to the truth of your claims, and sign beneath it. This is followed by information of the notary who witnessed this, his signature and the date.