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 when no other evidence is available. It is not administered under oath and therefore not the same as an affidavit.
When to use a Statutory Declaration
It is commonly used to change a name (as an alternative to changing name by deed poll) by renouncing use of any previous names used affirming a new one. It is used by landlords for instance when seeking a commercial tenant to declare that he waives his security of tenure under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
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.”
We offer a fixed fee, bespoke statutory declaration drafting service whereby we draft the declaration to suit your needs, whether this is for name change, or declaring financial solvency when seeking voluntary liquidation, or declaration of identity. We can advise you on exhibits that will be required and the formalities you have to follow once you have made a statutory declaration.
Who can witness a statutory declaration?
We cannot witness a statutory declaration that we have drafted, it is a formal document that needs to be drawn accurately by a solicitor. If we draft the document 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.
Affidavits, Witnessing and Oaths`
We are Commissioners for Oaths and we are authorised to witness the swearing of an Oath and exhibits, which is an attachment to a witness statement, affidavit or statutory declaration. We can also attest your document as being the true copy of the original. Affidavits and Oaths are required for court proceedings like probate when applying for a grant of representation and under other civil litigation procedure rules.
Contact Statutory Declaration Solicitors, London
For more information on our Statutory Declaration Service contact our dedicated team for a no-obligation discussion on your specific circumstances. Call 0203 540 6340 to speak to one of expert solicitors. Alternatively, email us at email@example.com or complete our online enquiry form.