In certain circumstances, we are very happy to assist you with the following:
- Swearing oaths or affidavits
- Statutory declarations
- Notarising documents
Oaths and Affidavits
An oath or an affidavit is a document which needs to be sworn before a solicitor or commissioner for oath. These documents are usually documents that are required by or to be used in Court. The person swearing the oath or affidavit (you) is confirming the contents of the documents are true as if under an oath in court. Example – Oaths for executors or administrators in probate matters
Statutory Declarations are similar to affidavits and are usually used when evidence under oath is needed outside of court. The statement is a formal statement by the person confirming that something is true to the best of their knowledge. The person who has prepared the statutory declaration for you can not take accept the declaration, it must be declared before somebody independent. Examples – Declarations regarding solvency or property.
The cost of swearing an oath or affidavit or making a statutory declaration is £5 for each document to be sworn or declared and additional £2 for each attachment referred to known as an “exhibit”.
Services We Do Not Provide
We regret that we cannot offer the following services:
- Certifying documents for non MW clients
- Bearing witness to the signing of any documents for non MW client
- Completing Land Registry ID1 and ID2 forms
- Bearing witness to the signing of a Change of Name Deed
- Counter signing passport applications
- Anything that requires the giving of “independent legal advice”
It is at the discretion of the individual Solicitor or Commissioner for Oaths as to whether they are willing to provide this service on a case by case basis.
Sometimes documents, usually those required internationally, need to be notarised. This can only be done by a Notary Public. This is a more formal and complex process than swearing an oath or affidavit. The documents are usually intended to be used in foreign legal jurisdictions where the Notary may either authenticate the document or draw up a narrative summary of the documents.