What is an Affidavit in a private document?

An Affidavit in private document is a declaration of a natural or legal person through its representatives, they are required to submit truthful and accurate information on various aspects. These statements are used by authorities and even private parties to make decisions or to consider facts as true based on the mere declaration under oath of the person who subscribes to such a statement. In addition, Affidavits may also be required by financial entities and other institutions to evaluate the economic solvency and reliability of individuals or companies. In this context, the service offered by PredictaBill focuses on facilitating and streamlining the process of filing Affidavits and providing advice and support to its clients to ensure compliance with current legal regulations in Costa Rica.

Why can an Affidavit in a private document be considered for proving the stated circumstance?

The Costa Rican Criminal Code punishes the crime of perjury with imprisonment. This crime occurs when a natural person (who subscribes to the statement) has failed to tell the truth when the law imposes on them, under oath or Affidavit, the obligation to tell the truth about their own facts. By this, authorities or private parties may request an Affidavit to prove certain circumstances.

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    Essential Documents

    Information from the party that will sign the declaration (individual):

    • Full name
    • Copy of ID /passport
    • Civil status
    • Domicile

    If it is a company, confirm:

    • Corporate name
    • Corporate ID

    Scope and why the affidavit is being granted. Explain as thoroughly as desired.

    Terms and conditions

    The price indicated here has been estimated assuming that the requested document will be delivered in digital format, or that you will pick up the physical version at the PredictaBill offices. Alternatively, you can request that the document be sent to the location you specify, by courier or Costa Rica postal service, in which case the costs and delivery times that will be indicated at the time of processing the payment for the service will apply


    1. What is a private Affidavit?

    A private Affidavit is a legal document in which a person declares under oath the truthfulness of certain facts or circumstances. This type of affidavit is commonly used in legal proceedings as an unequivocal representation that certain facts or circumstances are accurately described in the manner stated in the Affidavit.

    2. What is the legal validity of a private Affidavit?

    In Costa Rica, Affidavits in private documents are legally valid as long as they comply with certain requirements. These requirements include the signature of the declarant and the date of issuance. It is important to note that the falsification of an Affidavit can have serious legal consequences.

    3. When is a private Affidavit used?

    Private Affidavits are used in a variety of legal situations. Some common examples include declaring income or expenses in tax proceedings, declaring assets or property in divorce or inheritance proceedings, and declaring certain circumstances in business-to-business contracting.

    4. Is it necessary to have a lawyer to draft a private Affidavit?
    It is not strictly necessary to have a lawyer draft an Affidavit in a private document since any person can draft it as long as he/she complies with the legal requirements established in the applicable legislation. However, in more complex or sensitive cases, it is advisable to seek legal advice to ensure that the declaration complies with all the requirements and is as valid as possible, as well as that what is declared is stated as clearly as possible to avoid that what is declared may be considered partially or erroneous.

    5. What are the consequences of filing a false Affidavit?

    Filing an Affidavit of false facts can have serious legal consequences. In Costa Rica, the crime of perjury is considered a crime and can be punished with imprisonment and fines. In addition, the submission of false information may invalidate any legal proceeding or process in which the statement has been used and may generate distrust and damage in personal or business relationships.