AFFIDAVIT & NOTARY
An affidavit is a document written statement filed by an affiant as evidence in court. In order to be admissible, affidavits must be notarized by a notary public.
There are two types of judicial notarizations: an acknowledgement and a jurat.
The notary public is there to ensure the validity of the signature and guarantee that the signature was applied voluntarily and without coercion. Once the affiant acknowledges signing the document for its intended purpose and signs the affidavit, the document is notarized and becomes a sworn affidavit.
Important to Notarize a Document
t’s essential that everyone trusts the authenticity of legal documents. When purchasing a home or establishing power of attorney, clarity and certainty are not things you can figure out later.
A notary public is a public official appointed by a state government to help deter fraud. Notary publics witness the signing of important documents and verify the identity of the signer(s), their willingness to sign the documents, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction.
Institutions rely upon notaries so they may have full faith in important documents. After witnessing a signing, a notary public applies their own details, such as their signature, seal, and notary commission details. When you see a notary’s seal on a document, it means a notary public verified that the transaction authentic and properly executed.