A Statutory Declaration is a formal document under which the person swearing (the declarant) makes a statement or declares something to be true by virtue and under the provisions of the Statutory Declaration Act 1835. It is not administered under oath and therefore not the same as an affidavit.
When Will I need a Statutory Declaration?
A statutory declaration is commonly used when an individual needs to satisfy a legal requirement when no other evidence is available.
A statutory declaration is an important legal document and must therefore be verified. It will usually have to be administered by a commissioner for oaths, a solicitor, or a notary public.
All statutory declarations must contain the following wording:
“I (name) do solemnly and sincerely declare, that/as follows.. .. .. .. and I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true, and by virtue of the provisions of the Statutory Declarations Act 1835”.
Who can witness a Statutory Declaration?
Not anyone can witness a statutory declaration. If we draft the Statutory Declaration we will advise you to have your signature witnessed by another solicitor or commissioner of oaths in order to ensure that the document is valid and cannot be challenged on grounds of impartially.
We also retain a copy of any document or affidavit we attest on your behalf and retain the same for a period 6 months. After which the documents are destroyed from our records.
How we can help?
Solicitors are Commissioners for Oaths and are authorised to witness the swearing of an oath, affidavit or statutory declaration.
We can also attest your document as being the true copy of the original.
For more information on our Statutory Declaration Service contact our dedicated team for a no-obligation discussion on your specific circumstances. Call 0208 318 4345 to speak to one of expert solicitors. Alternatively, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online enquiry form.