An affidavit is a written sworn statement of fact voluntarily made under oath or affirmation administered by a person authorized to do so by law.

Such statement is witnessed as to the authenticity of the affiant's signature by a taker of oaths, such as a notary public or your lawyer.

They are used to present evidence to the court. as as such they must present your case in a clear a precise manner.

If, after signing such a declaration, the information is found to be deliberately untrue with the intent to deceive, the applicant may face perjury charges.


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Have the deponent review the affidavit to ensure that there are no errors or omissions.

Make any necessary corrections and have another lawyer, a student-at-law, a law clerk, or your assistant proofread the affidavit.

Commission the deponent's signature on the affidavit. Commission all exhibits referred to in the affidavit.

Have sufficient copies made of the sworn affidavit to provide one to each adverse party and one to the deponent. Retain an additional copy for the client’s file. The original sworn document will be filed with the court for the hearing of your motion or application.

Supplementary affidavits

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