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When you serve your court orders or notices to your debtor using a private process server you may need an affidavit of service form as proof that documents were duly received and signed by your debtor. You can use the affidavit of service Form N215 to inform the court which documents you served, when and where you served them and how you served them. You or your legal representative must deliver the completed ‘affidavit of service’ to the court that’s dealing with your claim.

What is an Affidavit?

An affidavit is a written declaration of facts signed under oath is known. This type of document is frequently used as evidence in legal procedures by the court.

A commissioner for oaths, such as a notary, solicitor, or authorised member of the court, must witness and sign an Affidavit under oath alongside you. When you sign this paper under oath, you are swearing that the facts contained are true. If a court finds that you made a false statement in your Affidavit, you may be charged with making a false statement.

What is a Statutory Declaration?

A Statutory Declaration, like an Affidavit, is a written declaration of facts that a person signs willingly under oath. Statutory Declarations, on the other hand, are often used to meet legal requirements outside of a court of law.

People can utilise a Statutory Declaration to prove personal matters such as nationality or marital status if no other evidence is available. Statutory Declarations are sometimes used in the process of officially changing your name in the United Kingdom.

What is the difference between an Affidavit and a Statutory Declaration?

The basic difference between an Affidavits and a Statutory Declaration is that affidavits are typically used in court while Statutory Declarations are not. You can use either document to create a statement of facts. However, a Statutory Declaration is typically used for verifying personal information in non-court legal settings. If you are unsure about whether you should use an Affidavit or Statutory Declaration, use an Affidavit.

What is the purpose of an Affidavit?

You can use an Affidavit to present your statement of facts during legal proceedings. It can then be used as evidence in a court of law. Affidavits are used when someone needs to give information that they believe to be true based on their knowledge.

Because an affidavit is a declaration made under oath, a court can accept your statement of facts as s if you provided it verbally while testifying in court.

Who makes an Affidavit?

The affiant is the person who makes the sworn statement of facts. An affidavit can be written with or without the assistance of a lawyer. Having a lawyer review your legal paperwork, on the other hand, can defend your interests.

Although you can write your statement of facts, you must have an oath commissioner sign and witness the Affidavit for it to be valid. If you don’t sign your paper properly with someone who can administer oaths, it won’t be considered a sworn statement under oath and hence won’t stand up in court.

When should I use an Affidavit?

An affidavit can be used in a number of different situations. When filing or responding to a court lawsuit, they are sometimes used. Affidavits are frequently requested by courts, making them necessary. During debt cases, divorce proceedings, or land and other property issues, a court may request one. In rare cases, a lawyer can submit your Affidavit to a court during legal proceedings, allowing you to avoid appearing in person.

Should I attach other documents to my Affidavit?

If your facts include references to other documents, sources, or records, you should attach them to your Affidavit. For example, if one of your facts includes a photograph, you can label and staple it to your printed Affidavit, and it will be sworn as part of your Affidavit. It’s critical to keep all of the necessary paperwork and records organised when preparing an affidavit.

Where can I get a form of the affidavit?

You can get a Form EX550 Affidavit of service from any court office or this website The affidavit deals with service, travelling expenses and the outstanding balance of the debt.

Complete those parts of the affidavit which are relevant to you, neatly crossing out any that are not. Attach a copy of Form N39 to the affidavit. Send both the affidavit and Form 39 to the court where questioning is to take place not less than 2 days before the date of questioning. Include a letter that states clearly the date and time of the questioning.

Remember only you can swear an affidavit about travelling expenses and the outstanding balance. If someone else served the order to attend on your behalf then they must swear their affidavit relating to this, neatly crossing out the parts of the affidavit relating to travel expenses and the outstanding balance.

How do I sign an Affidavit?

When you sign an affidavit, you swear under oath that the statements in the document are truthful. Understand the significance of signing an affidavit and swearing under oath before you sign. The most important aspect of signing an Affidavit is doing it with someone who can administer oaths, such as a lawyer. To authenticate your document, this person must sign and witness the Affidavit with you. If you don’t sign your paper properly, it will be incomplete and so invalid in court.

Do I need a lawyer to write an Affidavit?

You do not need a lawyer to write an affidavit. However, it is always a good idea to have a lawyer evaluate any legal document. You can use LawDepot to create your affidavit and then have it reviewed by a lawyer afterwards. Personal information, a statement of facts, jurisdiction information, and signatures are all included in LawDepot’s Affidavit template.

What should I include in my Affidavit?

Typically, your Affidavit or Statutory Declaration will include |

  • Your name and address
  • Your statement of facts
  • The jurisdiction or country where you will use the document
  • Court level, case or claim number, and jurisdiction (if the document is being used in court)
  • Information about the parties in a court case (if the document is being used in court)
  • Your signature
  • A signature from the solicitor, notary, or commissioner for oaths
  • The date the document was signed

How do I write an Affidavit?

You should only put accurate information in your paper while generating it. Being truthful in legal paperwork is critical and might save you from fines or other penalties. Your personal beliefs should not be included in an affidavit; instead, it should focus solely on important material. Because affidavits are factual assertions, you should not portray your speculations as fact.

Organize your facts chronologically in an affidavit. Each paragraph should ideally contain one fact so that specific facts can be referred to during conversations. You should include all important details while remaining concise. Remove any information or facts that aren’t pertinent to your situation. In Affidavits, some persons include background information, such as an explanation of why they are making the statement.


If you need help with your legal paperwork or want court papers to be served, you can reach out to Shergroup. From affidavits to other court orders, we can help you document whatever you want and can even serve them for you. often there is a chance that your debtor goes absconding and it becomes difficult for you to trace them and get on with the legal proceedings. With Shergroup’s investigation solutions, we can help you trace your debtor whenever he’s hiding and sere your papers.

We are enforcement experts, and you can rely on us with any of your legal or enforcement matters. Contact our business solutions advisors today for more information.

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