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December 12, 2018

Notarized Affidavit

What is a Notarized Affidavit?
An Affidavit is simply a document that requires being notarized in a way that requires an Oath. The signer or affiant (who is the same person(s)) signs and swears to the truthfulness of the document in the presence of the Notary Public for this type of document as a general practice. The type of Notary act used customarily would be a Jurat.

How do you get a Notarized Affidavit Notarized?
The affiant needs to personally appear before a Notary Public commissioned in the state where the notarization is taking place. The affiant normally needs to be identified with some identification card, or passport that is acceptable in the state where the procedure is taking place. The affiant signs the instrument and swears to the validity of the content of the document in the presence of the notary. The affiant might have to sign the Notary’s journal depending on what state you are in. Normally Notaries charge a state-specific fee for their service.

Who is the document custodian for a Notarized Affidavit?
Please consult your Attorney. That depends and is on a case by case basis.



Signer — one who signs a document.

Affiant — someone who signs a sworn statement or swears or affirms to the truthfulness of an oral statement.

Notary Public – someone commissioned by their state to notarize documents and administer Oaths and perhaps do other tasks depending on what state they are commissioned in.

Identification – normally a driver license, state ID, military ID, or passport, but some states allow for other types of identification as well. Consult your state’s notary handbook online.

Jurat – a notary act traditionally used with affidavits that involves signing a written statement and swearing or affirming under Oath.

Document Custodian – the person or entity who holds on to a document and stores it or saves it in their files.

Instrument – a notarial technical term which means document


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