Affidavits are a statement of facts made in writing, which is confirmed by the oath or affirmation of the person making it before someone who has the authority to administer an oath or affirmation. These are often important facts that you would like a judge or other decision-maker to know about.
An Affidavit is a legal document, and it is essential to ensure that it is prepared properly, using the correct language, and structure. An Affidavit should not contain opinion or arguments. It is meant to be a statement of facts.
In BC, there are many rules around swearing an affidavit and ensuring it is valid and done right. Here are a few of the main ones:
The person signing the Affidavit must be present and sign the affidavit in front of the commissioner;
The Commissioner must be satisfied that the person signing the Affidavit is capable of understanding the contents of the Affidavit;
The identity of the person signing the Affidavit must be confirmed;
The document must be signed in front of the Commissioner,
The document must be signed by the Commissioner, who will administer oath or affirmation of the person signing the Affidavit.
If there are important documents that support the information on the affidavit, they can be attached to the Affidavit.
Sometimes language is a barrier to ensuring the signatory understands the declaration, which may not be in their first language, and an interpreter may be required. At Uptown Notaries, we can help you with Affidavits if your most comfortable language is English, Russian, or French.
A notary public in a commissioner for taking Affidavits in British Columbia and our commission never expires. At Uptown Notaries, we can help you correctly prepare an affidavit. Call us today to arrange an appointment.