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Statutory Declaration Solicitor

17/05/2021
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A statutory declaration (or stat dec) is a statement of fact that you create and sign in the presence of a Solicitor, Notary Public or Commissioner for Oaths. You cannot use the same solicitor to help you prepare your stat dec and witness and sign the declaration

Stat decs are usually made for a Declaration of Solvency, or declaring a change in your marital status, residency status, nationality, or name, usually because there is no other legal evidence. The solicitor doesn't advise you on the transaction you are undertaking, their role is to hear and witness your declaration.

The Statutory Declarations Act 1835 is the law that governs the process for making a statutory declaration.

Under section 5 of the Perjury Act 1911, if you knowingly and wilfully make a statutory declaration that is false in a material particular, then you are guilty of an offence, and liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment for up to 2 years, or to a fine, or both.

Can I write my own statutory declaration?

You can write your own declaration or you may want to pay a Solicitor to create your declaration for you, to make sure it meets The Statutory Declarations Act 1835

How do you write a statutory declaration?

All stat decs 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.”

It must be completely true and accurate. It must follow a set structure and contain very specific wording. Contact us if you would like a solicitor to support you in creating your stat dec.

How much does a statutory declaration cost?

The statutory declaration cost is set by the solicitor. We can provide a solicitor to witness the signing of your declaration for a Fixed Fee of £150 INC VAT per person. They have availability, usually within 1 working day, using video conference.


Who is Authorised to take a statutory declaration?

  • Solicitor
  • Notary Public
  • Commissioner for Oaths

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