What is a Affidavit?

An affidavit, also known as a ‘declaration’, is a legal document prepared to obtain facts from a witness. The affidavit is signed under penalty of perjury, and thus, is deemed to carry more validity than a plain statement or letter. An affidavit must contain only facts which are within the person’s personal knowledge. Sometimes affidavits are used in lieu of live testimony, however, one’s live testimony is always preferred.