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When seeking the services of Commissioners of Oaths or solicitors for witnessing and drafting statutory declarations, it’s essential to ensure that they are qualified and authorised to perform these legal functions.

At Moeen & Co. Solicitors, being Commissioners for Oaths, our team of solicitors in Hayes, London can help with the drafting of your statutory declaration.

Need help with witnessing or the preparation of your statutory declaration? Contact our solicitors in Hayes at 0203 959 7755 or fill in our online enquiry form.

Table of Contents

  1. What is a statutory declaration?
  2. What is the purpose of statutory declaration?
  3. How can our statutory declaration solicitors help you?
  4. Do you need an appointment with a solicitor to have your statutory declaration witnessed?
  5. What do you need to bring to your appointment?
  6. How much do solicitors charge for a statutory declaration?
  7. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a statutory declaration?

A statutory declaration is a formal statement made by a person affirming the truth of something, and it is typically used in various legal and official contexts. The person making the declaration is known as the “declarant” or “deponent”. The declaration is made before someone authorised to administer oaths, such as a Commissioner for Oaths, a solicitor, or a notary public.

What is the purpose of statutory declaration?

Statutory declarations are used for various legal and administrative purposes, such as affirming the truth of facts, confirming identity, or making statements required by law. The key purposes of a statutory declaration include:

Affirmation of Truth

Individuals use statutory declarations to affirm the truth of statements they make in various legal and official contexts. This helps ensure the accuracy and honesty of the information provided.

Legal Recognition

Statutory declarations are legally binding documents and carry significant weight in legal proceedings, government agencies, and other official matters. They provide a means for individuals to formally declare facts or circumstances under oath.

Replacement for Sworn Affidavits

In some situations, statutory declarations serve as an alternative to sworn affidavits. They are often used when a person needs to make a formal statement but cannot or does not wish to do so in the form of an affidavit.

Verification of Facts

Statutory declarations are commonly used to verify various facts, such as identity, marital status, loss of documents, or ownership of property. They provide a way for individuals to confirm certain information in a legally recognised manner.

Official Documentation

Statutory declarations are accepted by government agencies, courts, and other entities as official documentation. They may be required in a range of situations, from legal proceedings to administrative processes.

Compliance with Legal Requirements

Certain legal processes, such as name changes, land ownership transfers, or marriage abroad, may require individuals to make a formal declaration. Statutory declarations help ensure that individuals comply with legal requirements in these situations.

Clarification in Disputes

Statutory declarations can be used to clarify facts or resolve disputes. They provide a clear and formal record of an individual's statement, which can be referred to in case of disagreements or legal proceedings.

Confirmation of Circumstances

Individuals may use statutory declarations to confirm specific circumstances, such as the absence of legal impediments to marriage or the details of an insurance claim.

Making a false statutory declaration is a criminal offence, and individuals who do so may be subject to penalties, including fines or imprisonment.

How can our statutory declaration solicitors help you?

Our statutory declaration solicitors provide important legal services, including witnessing and drafting statutory declarations. Here's an overview of our services:

Witnessing Statutory Declarations

Our solicitors can witness statutory declarations, which are written statements of fact that the declarant swears or affirms to be true.

Drafting Statutory Declarations

Our solicitors have the legal expertise to assist in drafting statutory declarations to ensure you meet all legal requirements. We can tailor the statutory declaration to suit the specific circumstances and legal nuances of the matter at hand.

Certifying Documents

As Commissioner for Oath and solicitor, we can certify documents as true copies of the original, which is often required in legal processes.

Affidavits

We can assist in the preparation and witnessing of affidavits, which are like statutory declarations but are typically used in court proceedings.

Legal Advice

Our solicitors can provide legal advice related to the content of the statutory declaration, ensuring that it is accurate, complete, and compliant with relevant laws.

For assistance with your statutory declaration, contact our solicitors in Hayes, London who are ready to guide you through the statutory declaration process.

Do you need an appointment with a solicitor to have your statutory declaration witnessed?

Yes, it's advisable to schedule an appointment with our solicitors to ensure their availability and to allow time for them to review and witness the statutory declaration properly.

What do you need to bring to your appointment?

To make the statutory declaration process smoother, it's essential to come prepared. Here's a checklist of documents you may need:

  • Proof of Identity: Bring a valid photo ID, such as a passport or driver's licence.
  • Supporting Documents: Depending on the nature of your declaration, gather any relevant supporting documents that validate your statement.
  • Details of the Declaration: If you have specific details or points to include in the declaration, note them down for discussion with the solicitor.

How much do solicitors charge for a statutory declaration?

Our team of statutory declaration solicitors in Hayes charge an affordable fixed fee of £20 for witnessing and signing a statutory declaration.

We can also draft a Statutory Declaration for you according to your circumstances. Our solicitors charge £100 for the drafting and preparation of a statutory declaration.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A solicitor, Commissioner for Oaths, or a notary public can sign as a witness for a statutory declaration. The person must be authorised to administer oaths, ensuring the legal validity of the declaration.

Any solicitor who is also a Commissioner for Oaths can act as a witness for a statutory declaration. Commissioners for Oaths are solicitors authorised to administer oaths, making them qualified to witness statutory declarations.

A solicitor can play multiple roles, including drafting the statutory declaration, providing legal advice, and acting as a witness by administering the oath or affirmation. Their expertise ensures the declaration complies with legal requirements.

No, family members or friends cannot act as witnesses. The witness must be a qualified individual, such as a solicitor, Commissioner for Oaths, or notary public, who is authorised to administer oaths.

Yes, statutory declarations must follow a specific format. Solicitors can assist in drafting the declaration to ensure it meets legal requirements and accurately reflects the declarant's statements.

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